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Become a CJA Trustee!

'In a sector I love it's been a privilege to be a part of a wonderful Board for a forward-looking charity'  - C.J. Burge, St. Giles Trust As we prepare to launch and implement our three year strategy in 2019, we are seeking to recruit new trustees to join us at this exciting time to help us achieve our ambitious goals for a fairer and more effective criminal justice system. We always aim to recruit both from our member organisations and among those with expert knowledge to bring to our work. We value having a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and insights on the Board.  We are particularly keen to receive applications from black, Asian and minority ethic people and people with lived experience of the criminal justice system. We are also looking for applicants with knowledge of charity finance, communications, fundraising, policy/public affairs, equalities issues and/or expertise in any of the topics related to our work streams. The role is unpaid, but we can cover reasonable expenses and provide access to relevant training and mentorship. Please find below: Background information on the CJA and its Board, including a role description Recruitment Analysis Form Applicants are asked to send a CV (maximum two sides) and covering letter (of no more than 500 words) outlining why they’re interested in the role and what they could bring to our Board. They’re also asked to provide details of two referees. The closing date for applications is 28 January 2019. Interviews will be held in Vauxhall at the start of February 2019.   Read what some of our current trustees have to say about the experience: C.J. Burge, St. Giles Trust: 'As a first-time trustee I have found the experience very interesting and rewarding. In a sector I love it's been a privilege to be a part of a wonderful Board for a forward-looking charity, particularly as someone with lived experience of the criminal justice system. The role has given me great insight into both the macro and micro management of an organisation such as managing risks and resources. I have benefited from listening to, and working alongside, the other trustees.' Lucy Jaffé, Why Me? 'I value being involved with the Criminal Justice Alliance as a Board member because I can contribute to supporting vital change across the criminal justice system, support the important work of member organisations and learn from Board colleagues. It is very rewarding.' Frances Flaxington, Criminal Justice Consultant: 'The strength of the Board is the diverse mix of skills and experience which enables us to support members and the small staff team to focus on different challenges in the criminal justice system.' John Drew, Chair 'I have been a CJA trustee for more than 3 years now and have enjoyed every moment. Our 150 members speak with the expertise of more than 13,000 people, and the broadest imaginable set of experiences. Our aim is to strengthen the voices of these experts in pursuit of our overarching objective of building a fairer and more effective criminal justice system.'  

CJA Awards Shortlists Announced

The Criminal Justice Alliance Awards shine a light on individuals and organisations who have made a ‘marked contribution to effectiveness, fairness or new models of delivery’. The Awards, generously supported for the fourth year by The Hadley Trust, will give prizes of £4,000 and £2,000 to organisations and £1,000 to an individual who have contributed materially to improving outcomes and demonstrating impact. An award will also be given for outstanding journalism which has made a notable contribution to a better understanding of criminal justice.   Please see the full shortlists here.

Shadow Justice Secretary addresses CJA members

Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, delivered a speech at the last CJA Members Meeting setting out the Labour Party's current priorities on criminal justice. A copy of his speech is available here.

How to start reducing the prison population

Today we have published a briefing setting out eight pragmatic and incremental ways the government could begin to reduce the prison population without impacting public safety. We estimate that these measures could reduce the population by 12,000 places over the lifetime of this parliament. This would reduce the pressure on the system, making it safer and freeing up to £900 million which could instead be spent on diverting people from the criminal justice system in the first place and providing effective rehabilitation services to prevent re-offending. We propose the government focus on eight areas: recalls, remand, indeterminate sentences (IPP), sentence creep, short sentences, people experiencing mental health problems, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people. The full briefing can be read here and a blog from our Director Nina Champion on this can be read here.
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New female offender strategy launched

The Ministry of Justice has published its Female Offender Strategy, announcing pilots for five residential women's centres and a greater focus on innovative community provisions. The full strategy can be read here.

New employment strategy in prisons announced

Justice Secretary David Gauke today announced a new policy intervention aimed at putting offenders  on the path to employment from the day they enter prison. The Education and Employment strategy sets out new measures to boost prisoners’ skills while in custody and improve their chances of securing work on release. In this strategy, education and training, work in custody, and the availability of employment opportunities in the community are highlighted as the key areas of focus in achieving this. Further information on the new strategy can be found here.

Inspection highlights failures of probation reforms

On 17 April, HMI Probation published a thematic report on Probation Supply Chains. Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, found that probation reforms have failed to deliver the aim of ensuring that voluntary and third sector organisations play a central role in providing specialist support to offenders. The full report can be viewed here.

Parole Board Chair Nick Hardwick resigns following Worboys decision

On 28 March, Nick Hardwick - Chair of Parole Board - resigned after Justice Secretary David Gauke told him his position was 'untenable' following the court overturning the Parole Board's decision to release John Worboys. A copy of his letter of resignation can be found here.
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