The Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA), is a uniquely authoritative coalition of over 120 organisations working together to create a fairer and more effective criminal justice system.

We promote ways of diverting people from crime, crime reduction, better policing, fairer justice, reduced reliance on imprisonment and better rehabilitation.

Our membership includes campaigning charities, voluntary sector service providers, research institutions and staff associations. Nine in ten of our members say our collective influencing work ‘adds value’ to theirs.

CJA provides:

  • A forum to identify and promote solutions
  • A strong collective voice
  • A gateway for dialogue with policy-makers and the media
  • A balanced and informed point of view

We campaign by:

  • briefing MPs, peers and others on Parliamentary bills
  • engaging the media, highlighting issues and initiatives to inform the public, practitioners and interest groups
  • building coalitions with partner organisations ensuring CJA has a powerful, authoritative voice in debates and consultations.

Current specific workstreams include:

Right to Restorative Justice

We want to secure a legal entitlement to restorative justice for victims of crime within five years. This would be part of the government’s promised Victims’ Bill, or a Criminal Justice Bill. Our work in this area has been developed in liaison with a reference group of member organisations from the Restorative Justice Council to Victim Support.

Our 2017 briefing – The Cost of an Entitlement to Restorative Justice – can be found here.

Ending unfair stop-and-search

We aim to promote fairer use of stop-and-search and reduce its damaging impact on young, particularly black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people.

We’ve established a network of expert organisations, from the Police Foundation to Race on the Agenda, with expertise in the field who regularly inform this workstream. These organisations have acknowledged that we have identified a strategic opportunity to challenge the plateau of current progress.

Our staff team, based in London, is led by Director Ben Summerskill who can be contacted at ben.summerskill@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk.

The CJA was founded in 2007, having previously been the Penal Affairs Consortium. We became a charity in 2011. We’re governed by trustees elected by member organisations and made up predominantly of members’ representatives.

Read our most recent annual reports: Annual Report 2015-16Annual Report 2014-15Annual Report 2013-14.