The CJA Awards celebrate outstanding organisations and individuals who have made a marked contribution towards a ‘Fair and Effective Criminal Justice System’ which is Safe, Smart, Person-Centred, Restorative and Trusted.

The 2019 Awards – generously supported by the Hadley Trust – will give prizes of £4,000 and £2,000 to two organisations and £1,000 to an individual to support their work.

We look forward to presenting the awards at a ceremony in central London on Friday 29 November.

Shortlisted nominees for the 2019 CJA Awards are:


Outstanding Organisation:

  • Browns Community Services CIC: Transforming the lives of people in the criminal justice system with an Intensive Support Service.
  • Circles UK: National body overseeing provision of Circles of Support and Accountability across England and Wales.
  • Peer Power: Social justice charity, engaging with the most under-supported children, teenagers and young adults in society.
  • Prison Reform Trust, Prisoner Policy Network: Network of prisoners, ex-prisoners and supporting organisations making sure prisoners’ experiences are part of prison policy development.
  • Safer Living Foundation: A multi-agency approach to reducing sexual offending and re-offending through rehabilitative and preventative initiatives.


Outstanding Individual:

  • Sofia Buncy, Muslim Women in Prison Project, Khidmat Centres
  • Barry Flanagan, Recycling Lives
  • Gethin Jones, Founder of Unlocking Potential
  • Dr Shona Minson, University of Oxford
  • Sabrina Parkins, Prison Officer (Unlocked Graduates)
  • Shelley, Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership


Judging Panel CJA Outstanding Organisation and Individual Award 2019:

  • Iqbal Wahhab – Chair of EQUAL
  • Marie-Claire O’Brien – CJA Outstanding Individual 2019, Director of New Leaf Initiative CIC
  • Dame Vera Baird – Victims Commissioner
  • Babafemi Dada – Governor HMP Featherstone