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New briefing: Stop and Scrutinise

The CJA's latest briefing 'CJA Stop and Scrutinise 2019' sets out key principles and recommendations for good practice in community scrutiny of stop and search. The briefing is the result of a survey sent to all police forces in England and Wales and interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, including police representatives, academics and community scrutiny experts.

New CJA Strategy Launched

The CJA has launched its new strategy 'CJA Strategy Summary 2019', which sets out a bold vision to harness and share our members' expertise in order to tackle some fundamental, systemic issues with relevance across the criminal justice pathway.

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 (CJA Trustee) 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.
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NAO expresses concern about probation reforms

The National Audit Office published its latest progress review of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. The report concludes the Ministry of Justice 'set itself up to fail in how it approached the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms' and identifies of a litany of poor outcomes, including a lack of the much-promised innovation, a significant increase in the average number of reoffences committed by reoffenders and increased costs paid by the Ministry to CRCs to keep them afloat.
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