The criminal justice system is currently under pressure; staff shortages, overcrowding in prisons, high rates of reoffending and desperate need for support for those impacted by crime
Specialist charities like ours have been successful in tackling reoffending, helping people turn their lives around and preventing people from falling into a cycle of crime. Yet, there is still a clear need, and chance ,to make changes to reform and improve the system and work in a more joined up way.
The Foundation’s programme is supporting the specialist voluntary sector, charities like ours, to gather evidence, speak up and use their expertise and understanding to help influence policy and practice across the new probation and wider criminal justice system. Being part of this partnership has enabled us to create a new funded post for our Strategic Network Manager, Anna Fitchett, to work alongside other charities in the Thames Valley to this end. For more information you can contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charities funded through the programme are seeking to:
- Make the case for better alternatives to prison, by intervening earlier to prevent crime and reduce the number of people going to prison
- Improve how groups disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system are treated, such as BAME prisoners, young people and women
- Improve how the prison and probation service work, by ensuring that specialist and small charities are properly involved and funded
THANK YOU TO THE LLOYDS FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SUPPORT