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New Report: To Be Fair

The Criminal Justice Alliance has published a new report To Be Fair, written by Phil Bowen and Emily Gold Lagratta from the Centre for Justice Innovation, promoting practical ways that courts can make court proceedings understandable and seem and feel fairer.

There is no question that striving to deliver 'fairness’ in our criminal court system has been a central goal for centuries. But fairness has a wider meaning than ensuring just outcomes and upholding due legal process. The concept of ‘procedural fairness’- that the process by which decisions are made needs to feel fair to people coming to court – takes the conversation a step further. It promotes the idea that how a defendant (or witness or victim) is treated has a profound effect on their perception of the process and their ongoing likelihood of complying with court orders and the law generally.

This briefing: Situates procedural fairness within the wider discussion about the legitimacy of criminal justice institutions; Defines procedural fairness, its key principles, and its research basis in various law and justice settings; Explains how the principles have been applied in court reform to improve the experiences of defendants and others who come to the court; Recommends practical ways in which procedural fairness can be strengthened in the courts in England and Wales.

CJA is recruiting a new Director  

The Criminal Justice Alliance is seeking an exceptional person with the ability, experience and commitment to lead its innovative programme of work shaping penal policy at an exciting time of far-reaching change in the criminal justice system.

The Director will be responsible for ensuring that the Criminal Justice Alliance, a coalition of  over 75 leading criminal justice organisations, plays a central role in the political and public debate on the future of the criminal justice system. This post offers an exciting opportunity for the right individual to be a key player in establishing a fairer and more effective criminal justice system.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall leadership, management and development of the Criminal Justice Alliance, including leading the organisation’s public affairs, policy and campaigning work. You should have a good understanding of criminal justice, experience of building relationships with decision makers, the ability to develop effective campaigns and innovative policy proposals, as well as experience of effectively engaging with the media.

The salary for this post is £45,000 - £50,000 per annum, depending on experience + 7% pension. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm Friday 12th December 2014. Interviews will take place on Thursday January 15th 2015

For an application pack click here and for an application form click here.

Policy and Campaigns Intern

The Criminal Justice Alliance is recruiting an intern to help with our conference and policy work starting in January 2015.The internship will be an opportunity to get hands on experience of organising a major conference, policy, and campaigning work, as well as gaining general experience of working in a small campaigning organisation. We aim to make our internships as interesting and as useful for our interns as possiblehe Criminal Justice Alliance is holding a one-day conference at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, Tuesday 10th March 2015 9.30am-4pm. A full job description is available here.

This internship is for 2 days a week which may increase as we get nearer to our conference on 10th March and is for three months. Our internships are paid at the London Living Wage. The Criminal Justice Alliance is based in Vauxhall in London.

For further information about the CJA and the internship please contact the CJA by email at info@criminaljusticealliance.org or on 020 7840 1204.To apply for this internship please send a current CV and a supporting letter stating why you would like to come and work at the CJA and send it to info@criminaljusticealliance.org.

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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