The 2017 Criminal Justice Awards will give prizes of £4,000 and £2,000 to organisations and £1,000 to an individual who have contributed materially to improving outcomes across the criminal justice pathway, from policing to prisons and probation, in the last 12 months.

The Awards, kindly supported for the third year by the Hadley Trust, acknowledge a ‘marked contribution to effectiveness, fairness or new models of delivery’ and require clear evidence of impact to be provided by nominators.

A further award will also be given once again for outstanding print, online or broadcast journalism which has made a notable contribution to a better understanding of criminal justice.

Shortlisted nominees for the 2017 CJA Awards are:


Outstanding Organisation

  • Divert

Metropolitan Police Custody programme designed to divert 18-25 year olds away from crime

  • Inside Out

Social enterprise attached to HMP Askham Grange supporting vulnerable women across Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire

  • Safe Ground

Delivery of Man Up, a pioneering programme tackling issues of masculine identity in a range of prison environments

  • Switchback

Supporting young men being released from prison into work-based training with one-to-one ‘wraparound’ support

  • Victims First Northumbria

Local victims service which supported 16,000 victims of crime in the last year with interventions underpinned by restorative justice

  • Youth Justice Legal Centre

New project helping to change attitudes toward representation of children in the criminal justice system


Outstanding Individual

  • L J Flanders

Creator of Cell Workout while serving a prison sentence

  • Professor Theresa Gannon

Leader of pioneering research into the treatment needs of firesetters

  • Alisa Purton

Psychologist introducing a new violence reduction model based on restorative justice principles into four Young Offender Institutions


Outstanding Journalism

  • The Fix (BBC Radio 4)

Exceptional young people offer solutions to reduce reoffending (broadcast 30 August) (Presenter Matthew Taylor, Producer Wesley Stephenson)

  • Panorama (BBC 1)

Behind Bars: Prison Undercover (broadcast 13 February) reporting from inside HMP Northumberland. (Reporter Joe Fenton, Producer Joe Plomin, Editor Rachel Jupp)

  • Russell Webster

For his widely-read and highly-praised blog

  • Mark Wilding (

Author of long read The Story of Spice, the Street Drug that’s Not Going Away (published 4 May)

  • Gary Younge & Damien Gayle (The Guardian)

Creators of Behind the Blade, a Guardian campaign against knife crime (published throughout the year)


The Awards will be presented at a reception in November. Judges include Frances Gibb, Legal Editor of The Times, Imtiaz Amin, Chief Executive of the Zahid Mubarek Trust, Eva Hamilton MBE, Founder and CEO of Key4Life, and Jon Collins, Chief Executive of the Magistrates Association.