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.

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. Our trustees are listed here.

Our staff team, based in London, is led by Director Ben Summerskill who can be contacted at

Our most recent annual reports are available online: Annual Report 2015-16Annual Report 2014-15Annual Report 2013-14.