What our members say about the CJA:
- ‘The CJA is a credible, representative voice and speaks with a strong voice to government about issues that affect us.’
- ‘We benefit from CJA meetings where we experience first hand information and experience from high levels of the criminal justice world and government who we would never meet in our normal roles.’
- ‘Being a member of the CJA sends out a message that you are extremely serious about your business.’
- ‘Because our work is on the margins of the criminal justice system, having somewhere to keep up to date and in touch with what’s going on is really important to us.’
- ‘The CJA offers an opportunity to meet up with peers providing similar and associated services and provides an insight into the political challenges we face collectively.’
- ‘The CJA is a very worthwhile organisation and it’s tremendously important to pass on opinions and views experienced by the people at the coalface.’
- ‘Membership means that we are fully part of a wider Criminal Justice network; we are kept up-to-date and aware of developments and opportunities in the sector.’
- ‘We value being among so many and varied voices calling for reforms in the criminal justice system.’
- ‘Being informed of the environment in which we are operating helps us to function more effectively.’
If you’d like to become a member further information and details are available here.
Quaker Crime, Community and Justice Group
Quakers have a long-standing historic involvement with the criminal justice system on both sides of the bars. This involvement continues into the present day with a commitment by Quakers to address the criminal justice system at all levels from individual prisoners to responding to government consultations.
The Magistrates Association*
The MA exists to influence key decision-makers, support their members in administering the law and to educate people about the role of magistrates.
RECOOP promotes the care, resettlement and rehabilitation of older prisoners, offenders and ex-offenders, especially those over the age of 50.
Switchback is an intensive mentoring programme. Switchback Mentors help 18-24 year old male offenders – Trainees – make real, long-lasting change after their release from prison.
Centre for Justice Innovation
The Centre for Justice Innovation seeks to introduce and support new ideas, new projects and new practice in the British criminal justice system. With a commitment to sharing learning between the US and UK, the Centre combines research and international evidence gathering with expert support to front-line practitioners to help build a more innovative and dynamic criminal justice system.
Homeless Link is the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England.
Rethink provides expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. They have over 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England and campaign nationally for policy change, and locally for the support people need.
The Police Foundation
The Police Foundation is the only independent think tank focused entirely on developing knowledge and understanding of policing and crime reduction and challenging the police service and the government to improve policing for the benefit of the public.
User Voice builds the structures that enable productive collaboration between service users and service providers. They are able to do this because their work is led and delivered by ex-offenders, giving them the special ability to gain the trust of, access to, and insight from people within the criminal justice system.
New Bridge Foundation
New Bridge works with individual offenders responding to their own needs, talents and potential. Through befriending and mentoring they help offenders to realise their full potential as members of society.
Shaw Trust is the UK's largest third sector provider of employment services for disabled and disadvantaged people.
Transform Justice helps create a better justice system in the UK, a system which is fairer, more open, more humane and more effective. Transform Justice enhances the system through promoting change – by generating research and evidence to show how the system works and how it could be improved, and by persuading the public to support those changes and practitioners and politicians to make them.
The Footprints Project
The Footprints Project mentors men and women who are leaving prison or serving a community sentence in the Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire area. They offer a ‘through the gate’ service, meeting with their clients prior to and on release from prison.
Alcohol and Drug Service
The Alcohol and Drug Service has been delivering effective interventions for alcohol addiction and drug addiction in Yorkshire, Humberside & Lincolnshire for more than 25 years.
Tempus Novo relieves the needs of former prisoners by working with them and employers to find suitable employment opportunities as a means of rehabilitation and thereby reducing re-offending.
Penal Reform International
Penal Reform International is an independent non-governmental organisation that develops and promotes fair, effective and proportionate responses to criminal justice problems worldwide. They work with inter-governmental organisations to bring about reforms that balance the rights of offenders and of victims, and they provide practical assistance to national policy-makers, criminal justice authorities and civil society to reform legislation, policy and practice.
Prisoners’ Advice Service
PAS provides legal advice and information to prisoners in England and Wales regarding their rights, the application of the Prison Rules and conditions of imprisonment. They take up prisoners’ complaints about their treatment inside prison by providing free advice and assistance on an individual and confidential basis, taking legal action where appropriate.
Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards
The Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards (AMIMB) is a nationally recognized body representing those who monitor the treatment and rehabilitation of adults and young people in prison, immigration removal centres, and other secure establishments.
Women’s Breakout is a third sector umbrella organisation that represents 55 voluntary and community sector organisations working with women offenders and women at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system in gender sensitive environments.
Redthread is a youth work charity aiming to support and enable young people in south London to lead healthy, safe and happy lives.
Pact is a national charity which supports people affected by imprisonment by providing practical and emotional support to prisoners' children and families, and to prisoners themselves. Pact provides services in 50 prisons across England and Wales.
The Griffins Society
The Griffins Society is an independent charity working for the care and resettlement of women offenders in prison and in the community. The Society funds practitioner-led research, coordinates and disseminates information about research and services for women in the criminal justice system, and initiates service development projects to stimulate implementation of the recommendations arising from Griffins Society Research Fellowship reports
Khulisa (“to nurture”) is a charity delivering unique, powerful and creative programmes to offenders and those at-risk of crime, violence and victimisation. They provide mentoring and through-the-gate resettlement support along with targeted youth programmes.
Nacro, the crime reduction charity, is dedicated to reducing crime and reoffending in communities across England and Wales. They design and deliver programmes that equip people with the skills, advice, attitude and support they need to move their lives on and move away from crime.
Community Chaplaincy Association
Community Chaplaincies work alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families, offering mentoring and holistic support within prison, through the gates and out in the community.
The Nehemiah Project
The Nehemiah Project is a registered Christian-based charity that has been working for 20 years in South London with men recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, most of whom are either prisoners or ex-offenders.
Those who are unable to read on release will be frustrated in their hopes for a new and different life. Shannon Trust is breaking that cycle with the Shannon Trust Reading Plan, a peer-mentored reading plan that gives prisoners a vital skill and a fresh start in life.
Margaret Carey Foundation
Margaret Carey Foundation brings the community into the prison by rescuing scrapped bicycles and wheelchairs that are no longer in use and setting up prison workshops and community bike hubs.
Unlock is an independent award-winning charity which provides information, advice, training and advocacy, dealing with the ongoing effects of criminal convictions. Unlock combines professional training with personal experience to help others overcome the long-term problems that having a conviction can bring.
RJ Working is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. They promote support and deliver Restorative Processes in Cornwall and similar developments in Devon and are part of a national network.
Church of England Mission and Public Affairs Division
The Mission and Public Affairs division oversees how the Church's work is carried out at the national level of the Church of England in evangelism, development of parish congregations, internationally through the work of the world mission agencies - and in rural and urban situations.
The Prison Governors Association*
The Prison Governors Association (PGA) exists to represent the interests of its membership, and to promote and support continuous improvement within the criminal justice system.
Walking With The Wounded
Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded provides vulnerable veterans’ independence through employment. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.
Fine Cell Work
Fine Cell Work is a charity and social enterprise that runs rehabilitation projects in 30 British prisons by training prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework, undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells, to foster hope, discipline and self-belief.
Clean Break is a theatre company with an independent education programme. Both strands of our work are rooted in the belief that theatre changes lives. It provides high-quality theatre-based courses, qualifications, training opportunities and specialist support which are critical for the rehabilitation of women offenders in prisons and the community.
National Appropriate Adult Network
NAAN works to gather, develop and share knowledge, skills and standards that inform, inspire and support effective appropriate adult policy and practice. They work with appropriate adults, appropriate adult schemes, reformers, academics, and policy makers to improve practice and policy by raising awareness, setting national standards, developing guidance, supporting volunteering, conducting research, and providing training.
Why me? exists to promote restorative justice for the benefit of victims. Although we acknowledge the great benefits it brings by cutting reoffending and making for a better society, it is the needs and welfare of victims which remain our priority.
Hibiscus Initiative, was set up to empower and champion the rights of Black, minority ethnic and refugee migrant women serving a custodial sentence, released into the community or returned to their home country.
The Samaritans Listener scheme is a peer support service which aims to reduce suicide and self-harm in prisons.
Vision Housing is a London-based charity and social enterprise. Founded in 2007, it was set up to provide housing and on-going support to ex-offenders on release from prison.
The Probation Institute
The Institute provides professional leadership for probation workers, and all those who deliver services that protect the public and rehabilitate offenders. It acts to link probation professionals across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Change, Grow, Live
Change, grow, live champions people who have faced hardships such as addiction, homelessness and abuse, and supports them into recovery.
Access2Advice is an innovative Community Interest Company that aims to offer effective support to disadvantaged members of the local community and is passionate about assisting offenders to ‘break the cycle of re-offending’ by offering training and work placements that improves skills and qualifications, which in turn improves confidence and motivation to gain employment.
JUSTICE is an all-party law reform and human rights organisation working to strengthen the justice system in the United Kingdom. Their membership is composed primarily of the legal profession, comprising barristers, solicitors, legal executives, academic lawyers, law students and interested non-lawyers.
Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine
The FFLM is a charity set up to develop and maintain the highest possible standards of competence and professional integrity in forensic and legal medicine.
Witness Confident's goal is to reduce the levels of crime in and fear across society through practical help for witnesses such as its successful crime-reporting app, research and policy.
New Leaf Project
New Leaf provides help and support to offenders who plan to resettle in Oxfordshire, Berkshire or Buckinghamshire including Milton Keynes. Through mentoring, New Leaf to help people re-settle effectively, and address successfully any issues and challenges they have.
Druglink’s objective is to make a significant and positive impact on the lives of those misusing drugs & alcohol, their families and the communities in which they live.
DiversityInCare Ltd is a charity that works with individuals with drug and alcohol related issues. We provide supported housing units, intensive tailored support and guidance.
Strawberry Fields Training
Strawberry Fields Training provides specialised training, support services, and advice and support to vulnerable young people and adults who are on the margins of society.
Anawim is a Women's Centre based in Birmingham that provides a holistic service to women across the city. They offer support in rehabilitation, prison, outreach, mental health, family service, early interventions and domestic violence.
Catch22 is a social business providing services that help people in tough situations to turn their lives around. Their seven areas of expertise include care leavers, education, apprenticeships and employability, families, gangs, justice and social action.
Addaction support adults, children, young adults and older people to make positive behavioural changes.
Catalyst Housing Ltd
Catalyst Housing Ltd provides a wide range of housing solutions and community development initiatives, working closely with residents and partners to meet local needs.
Crime in Mind
Spark Inside helps young people involved in the criminal justice system to proactively create fulfilling and productive futures through life coaching. They have imported a proven coaching model into a new field, and are seeking to revolutionise the criminal justice sector through their work.
By supporting, challenging and inspiring people to make changes to improve their lives SOVA helps offenders and ex-offenders stay out of trouble.
Futures Unlocked was established in 2007 through a desire to create an organisation which directly engages communities in supporting ex-offenders, providing greater opportunities for ex-offenders to genuinely reintegrate and helping to break the cycle of offending.
Standing Committee for Youth Justice
SCYJ is a membership body campaigning for a better youth justice system. We pool the expertise of our members to work on issues surrounding children in trouble with the law. Our work focuses on policy and legislation affecting all aspects of the youth justice system and young people caught up in it – from policing to resettlement.
Storybook Dads enables imprisoned parents to send CDs and DVDs of themselves reading a story to their kids. They are operating in over 100 prisons.
KeepOut is the first crime diversion scheme to be delivered by dedicated teams of serving prisoners – managed by civilian staff – inside UK prisons.
Act for Change
Act for Change helps young people and their families with complex mental health emotional and behavioural problems through a range of interventions.
NatCen Social Research (Crime and Justice)
NatCen is Britain’s largest independent social research agency, working on behalf of government and charities to find out what people really think about important social issues and how Britain is run.
Family Links is a national charity dedicated to creating an emotionally healthy, resilient and responsible society.
St Giles Trust
St Giles Trust aims to help break the cycle of prison, crime and disadvantage and create safer communities by supporting people to change their lives. Their services put reformed ex-offenders at the heart of the solution, training them to use their skills and first-hand experience to help others through peer-led support.
The Care Leavers' Association
The Care Leavers' Association brings together the voices of care leavers of all ages to improve the current care system, improve the quality of life of care leavers throughout their lives and change for the better society’s perception of people who have been in care as children.
ROTA’s work targets policy and legislation affecting Britain's BAME communities and the BAME and equality third sector. Since its inception in 1984, ROTA's focus has been policy development, representation, awareness raising and training. Our work is evidence based and informed by the experiences of BAME communities.
Restorative Justice Council
The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) is the independent third sector membership body for the field of restorative practice. It provides quality assurance and a national voice advocating the widespread use of all forms of restorative practice, including restorative justice.
RAPt (the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) works to help people with drug and alcohol dependence, both in prison and in the community, overcome the grip of addiction and lead positive lives, free from drugs and crime.
Community of Restorative Researchers*
CoRR is an international, interdisciplinary and inter-profession research network. It brings researchers together with those working in restorative justice and practice in different contexts and capacities in order to facilitate an open and critical dialogue within the field.
Give a Book
Give a Book was set up in 2011 in memory of writer and playwright Simon Gray who loved to read and to share his reading. We facilitate the gift of books to selected charities and other organisations.
Social Enterprise Research & Innovation Foundation
SERIF champions socially enterprising approaches to the rehabilitation of offenders, and the diversion of those deemed at risk from offending behaviour.
Prisoners Abroad cares for the health and well-being of thousands of British citizens held overseas. They provide essential services such as vitamins and essential food, emergency medical care, water filters, freepost envelopes to keep in touch with home, and books and magazines.
Caring for Ex-Offenders
CFEO's vision is to reduce reoffending by reintegrating ex-offenders into society through the local church. They equip churches, through training and advice, to enable them to support ex-offenders live transformed lives.
The Forgiveness Project
The Forgiveness Project is a UK based charity that uses storytelling to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution can be used to impact positively on people’s lives, through the personal testimonies of both victims and perpetrators of crime and violence.
Anglia Care Trust
ACT is dedicated to supporting vulnerable people within the community, specialising in preventative, community based services, giving people the stability, support and challenge which is often required in order to enable them to realise their full potential. They deliver a range of projects promoting the well being of children, young people, adults and families alike.
Bail for Immigration Detainees
Bail for Immigration Detainees is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK. They work with asylum seekers and migrants, in removal centres and prisons, to secure their release from detention.
Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group
POPS provide information and support to the families of offenders from their earliest contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS), through to release and beyond.
Clinks supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with offenders. Clinks aims to ensure the sector and all those with whom they work, are informed and engaged in order to transform the lives of offenders.
St Mungo's Broadway provides a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and works to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.
Amberweb helps disadvantaged unemployed young people whose lives are going nowhere to gain the motivation, confidence and skills they need to get a job and accommodation and to be able keep them.
Key 4 Life
Key 4 Life's mission is to reduce youth reoffending through the delivery of an innovative rehabilitation programme to those in prison and those at risk of going to prison.
The Oak Foundation*
Oak Foundation is a group of philanthropic organisations which, since its establishment in 1983, has given over 3,000 grants to not-for-profit organisations around the world.
Prison Reform Trust
The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system. They do this by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform
Choirs Beating Time
Choirs Beating Time is an initiative to establish choirs in prisons. They twin prison choirs with workplace and community choirs to promote a sense of belonging to a community, develop team work, counter depression, anxiety, low moods and boost self esteem.
Agenda is a cross-sector alliance of organisations and
individuals, working together to reframe debate, and to provide the evidence base and
working models to inspire a fundamental shift in perspective, and embed approaches that
work for women and girls at risk.
Abandofbrothers is a charity established by men committed to positive social change through personal development and community building.
Emmaus supports people to work their way out of homelessness, providing meaningful work as well a stable home for as long as someone needs it.
Leap is a registered training provider and social enterprise providing conflict resolution training to young people and the adults that work with them. They work with young people aged 11 – 25 to understand and manage this conflict and stop it becoming something more destructive or violent.
Prisoners Education Trust
Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is the only charity working across England and Wales to support people in prison to study distance learning courses. They provide advice and funding to approximately 2,000 prisoners each year to help them study courses in subjects and at levels not otherwise available.
London Voluntary Service Council
London Voluntary Service Council is the collaborative leader of London’s voluntary and community sector.
Concord Prison Trust
The Concord Prison Trust is dedicated not only to prison education but also to providing a path to rehabilitation through self knowledge. Its courses teach inmates a skill which could, with further training, lead to a career on release and also insight and self-awareness, making them question the path their lives have taken.
The Zahid Mubarek Trust
The ZMT is an independent charity which serves to benefit society by advocating for reforms and challenging discrimination within the criminal justice system.
Fry Housing Trust
Fry Housing Trust provides supported accommodation and community-based services to people with convictions and homeless people at risk of offending.
Institute for Criminal Policy Research
The Institute for Criminal Policy Research carries out multidisciplinary research into crime and the criminal justice system. They produce work which is independent, and objective and of the highest technical quality.
Escaping Victimhood is a charitable company that was founded by criminal justice professionals concerned that there was little robust support available to victims of crime after the court processes have been completed. It provides residential workshops for people whose lives have been disrupted by the trauma of serious crime.
Pecan is a Christian organisation started by local churches. They help people who face seemingly impassable barriers to find a way through, to re-write their futures, to flourish. Pecan works with the most vulnerable people in the Peckham community.
Revolving Doors Agency
Revolving Doors is a charity working across England to change systems and improve services for people with multiple problems, including poor mental health, who are in contact with the criminal justice system.
Prison Radio Association
Prison radio offers a unique, innovative and effective way to communicate with prisoners and engage them in education, debate and community. Working alongside serving prisoners and focusing on speech radio, the PRA produces and delivers National Prison Radio, broadcasting information and educational materials which support the National Offender Management Service reducing reoffending agenda.
Circles of Support and Accountability (Circles) build safer communities through local volunteers working with sex offenders to minimise alienation, support reintegration and so prevent sexual reoffending. Circles UK is the national body supporting the development, quality, coordination and effectiveness of local Circles.
Shekinah is a Devon based charity that provides opportunities for people in recovery. This may include recovery from homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, offending behaviours or mental ill health.
INQUEST is the only organisation in England and Wales that provides a specialist, comprehensive advice service to bereaved people, lawyers, other advice and support agencies, the media, MPs and the wider public on contentious deaths and their investigation. Their casework priorities are deaths in custody (police, prison, immigration detention and deaths of detained patients).
Women in Prison
Women in Prison provides education, training and practical support to women who are, or have been, in prison
Restorative Solutions is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that supporting frontline practitioners working in the community and the public sector by creating and managing innovative programmes, delivering training and services to enable the use of restorative practice.
Adullam Homes aims to restore hope and dignity through its expertise in supporting and developing people enabling them to lead independent lives while integrating service users and residents into the world of work.
Respond works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy, campaigning and other support.
Learning & Work Institute
Learning & Work Institute is a new independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion.
Safe Ground challenges people and communities to do relationships differently. Through drama, dialogue and debate, they enhance empathy and encourage expression, developing self-awareness and promoting social justice. They are committed to reducing the stigma faced by the families of people in prison, to improving access to and diversity of educational activities in prisons and to creating alternatives to traditional punishment and exclusion, proven to be so ineffective.
Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law. The Release team provides free non-judgmental, specialist advice and information to the public and professionals on issues related to drug use and to drug laws. The organisation campaigns directly on issues that impact on their clients.
RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims.
Langley House Trust
Langley House Trust is a national charity which delivers offender rehabilitation services across England.
Working Chance is an award-winning UK charity creating a revolution in restorative recruitment. Working Chance supports female ex-offenders to find quality work with mainstream employers, helping them break the inter-generational cycle of disadvantage and crime often passed down from mother to child.
Prison Fellowship works through its volunteer members to support prisoners in a number of ways. These include victim awareness programmes, letter writing, and opportunities to work with prison chaplaincies. This might include helping with Sunday services, midweek Bible studies and administrative support.
BTEG contributes to the economic regeneration of BAME communities by building the capacity of local groups so that they can play an active role in improving opportunities for BAME individuals.
Transform Drug Policy Foundation
Transform is a charitable think tank that campaigns for the legal regulation of drugs both in the UK and internationally. Their activities include producing publications, working with government departments, MPs and political parties, providing media comment on drug policy stories, developing campaigns, and working internationally to build an international coalition in support of reform.
* Associate members.
- Act for Change
- Adullam Homes
- Alcohol and Drug Service
- Anglia Care Trust
- Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards
- Bail for Immigration Detainees
- Caring for Ex-Offenders
- Catalyst Housing Ltd
- Catch 22
- Centre for Justice Innovation
- Change, Grow, Live
- Choirs Beating Time
- Church of England Mission and Public Affairs Division
- Circles UK
- Clean Break
- Community Chaplaincy Association
- Community of Restorative Researchers*
- Concord Prison Trust
- Crime in Mind
- Emmaus UK
- Escaping Victimhood
- Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine
- Family Links
- Fine Cell Work
- Fry Housing Trust
- Futures Unlocked
- Give a Book
- Hibiscus Initiatives
- Homeless Link
- Institute for Criminal Policy Research
- Key 4 Life
- Langley House Trust
- Learning & Work Institute
- London Voluntary Service Council
- Margaret Carey Foundation
- NatCen Social Research (Crime and Justice)
- National Appropriate Adult Network
- New Bridge Foundation
- New Leaf Project
- Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group
- Penal Reform International
- Prison Fellowship
- Prison Radio Association
- Prison Reform Trust
- Prisoners Abroad
- Prisoners Education Trust
- Prisoners’ Advice Service
- Quaker Crime, Community and Justice Group
- RJ Working
- Restorative Justice Council
- Restorative Solutions
- Revolving Doors Agency
- Safe Ground
- Shannon Trust
- Shaw Trust
- Social Enterprise Research & Innovation Foundation
- Spark Inside
- St Giles Trust
- St Mungos
- Standing Committee for Youth Justice
- Storybook Dads
- Strawberry Fields Training
- Tempus Novo
- The Care Leavers' Association
- The Footprints Project
- The Forgiveness Project
- The Griffins Society
- The Magistrates Association*
- The Nehemiah Project
- The Oak Foundation*
- The Police Foundation
- The Prison Governors Association*
- The Probation Institute
- The Zahid Mubarek Trust
- Transform Drug Policy Foundation
- Transform Justice
- User Voice
- Vision Housing
- Walking With The Wounded
- Why me?
- Witness Confident
- Women in Prison
- Women’s Breakout
- Working Chance