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The Criminal Justice Alliance would like to announce a new award. The Criminal Justice Alliance campaigns for a fairer and more effective criminal justice system and the award will be presented either to the individual who, or the organisation which has made the most positive contribution to promoting the strategic aims of the CJA.

Our current aims: • A greater use of problem-solving courts • Encouraging desistance- the process by which people stop committing crime • Increasing justice reinvestment to cut crime in local communities. Panel of Judges •

The panel of judges is made up of Jane Furniss, Non Executive Director and Trustee, and founding judge for the Contrarian Prize • Julian Corner of Lankelly Chase Foundation • Mark Woodruff of  The Monument Trust.

The first prize winner will receive £1000 to further their work in this area. The award will be presented at the CJA conference at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge on 10 March 2015.

Individuals or organisations should apply by email in a maximum of 500 words, explaining why they are suitable to receive the award. Nominees must have been working in the criminal justice field within the last 12 months. The nominations should each be accompanied by two references from individuals or organisations with experience of the nominee’s work. Send your application to info@criminaljusticealliance.org by 26th January 2015.

Criminal Justice: An Agenda for the New Government

The Criminal Justice Alliance is holding a one-day conference at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, Tuesday 10th March 2015 9.30am-4pm.

Crime has gone down but re-offending rates remain high. Now we know far more about what works and where the challenges are that still need addressing at each stage of the criminal justice system. The coming general election is an opportunity to offer a more cost-effective approach to delivering justice that empowers local communities and encourages innovative evidence-based solutions to prevent crime and reoffending.This conference offers the opportunity to review what is effective and to recommend potential solutions for the new government to consider in order to achieve a fairer and more effective criminal justice system. Who should attend: Practitioners from all sectors, commissioners, policy makers, sentencers, academics and post graduate students. If you are interested in setting an agenda for the new government this is the day for you.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Sir Alan Beith MP, Chair of the Justice Committee
• Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms, University of Cambridge
• Phil Bowen, Director, Centre for Justice Innovation
• Penelope Gibbs, Director, Transform Justice
• Nick Hardwick CBE, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
• Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, Director, National Research Institute of Legal Policy, Helsinki
• Richard Monkhouse JP, Chair of the Magistrates Association
• Nicola Padfield, Master, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
• Professor Lawrence Sherman, University of Cambridge

Conference workshops will provide delegates with opportunities to debate and to network.Themes include:
• Desistance - Policy into Practice
• Race and Mental Health
• Justice Reinvestment

To book a place, please click here. Cost £30 per place. To apply for a bursary or for more information please contact info@criminaljusticealliance.org


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