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Influencing change in the criminal justice sector

We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales to help us make a positive impact on policy and practice in the criminal justice system.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has awarded funding to our charity for up to three years and 16 other specialist charities and partnerships as part of its new 2020 Criminal Justice National Programme.

The criminal justice system is currently under extreme pressure, facing staff shortages, dangerous levels of overcrowding, assaults and self-harm at record levels, the part-privatisation of probation having comprehensively failed and high rates of reoffending. 

Small specialist charities like ours have had huge success in tackling reoffending, helping people turn lives their around and preventing people from falling into a cycle of crime. Yet, despite this expertise and track record, CCA and other specialist charities are still not properly involved in how prisons and the probation service are funded and organised. At the start of this new Government and Parliament there is a clear need and chance to make changes to reform and improve the system.

The Foundation’s programme is supporting the specialist voluntary sector 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. 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, in particular by ensuring that specialist and small charities are properly involved and funded.

28 January 2020



National Conference: Faith in Government
29 February 2020  10:00 – 16:00 
This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from a range of top Christian speakers on the role of faith in Government.
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Manchester Crime and Justice Film Festival
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 at 5:00 pm – Thursday, 4 June 2020 at 8:00 pm

This year’s programme includes an eclectic mix of crime classics and lesser known gems chosen by crime experts and film enthusiasts. They will be on hand to introduce their movie choice and answer your questions at the Q and A sessions after each screening.

HM Pasties will once again be providing delicious award winning food along with hot and cold refreshments at the screenings held at No 70 Oxford Street.

Supported by the Koestler Trust each feature screening at No 70 will be preceded by an award winning short film made by a prisoner and entered into the Trust’s 2019 annual award’s scheme.
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The opening movie is a forgotten 1952 Ealing Classic, 'I Believe in You'. To book your free ticket go to EventBrite.