Community Programmes Awards

News release

13 February 2013

Nominations open for the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Community Programmes Awards

The Howard League for Penal Reform is looking for the country’s best and most successful community programmes which help cut crime and rebuild lives.

Projects across England and Wales are being invited to enter the charity’s 2013 Community Programmes Awards, which are aimed at encouraging public and government support for successful community sentences.

The Howard League believes that well-resourced and well-structured programmes raise public protection, bringing down the rate of offending, and repay the damage done by crime in a way which prison sentences cannot.

Awards will be presented to outstanding entries in six categories:

  • Children and young people
  • Adults
  • Women
  • Education, training and employment
  • Unpaid work
  • Restorative justice

The judging panel is to be chaired by Professor David Wilson, Vice-Chair of the Howard League for Penal Reform and Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University.

Also on the panel will be John Fassenfelt, Chairman of the Magistrates’ Association; Sue Hall, Chief Executive of West Yorkshire Probation Trust and Chair of the Probation Chiefs Association; Gerry Marshall, a Howard League trustee and former Chief Executive of Thames Valley Probation; Graham Robb, Chair of the Restorative Justice Council; and Jackie Russell, Director of Women’s Breakout.

Young advisers from the Howard League for Penal Reform youth participation project U R Boss will judge entries in the children and young people category.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 23 April. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Wednesday 17 July.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “At a time when the government is trying to bring about a rehabilitation revolution in the criminal justice system, we are looking for shining examples of what can be achieved.

“Effective, high-quality community programmes have a much better success rate than prison sentences for turning people’s fortunes around and helping them to lead a crime-free life.

“This year’s awards are the first to include a category for restorative justice programmes. Restorative justice is the only part of the criminal justice system which focuses on victim satisfaction and I am delighted that successful work in this field will be recognised.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK. It is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.
  2. More details about the awards and how to enter

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