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Criminal Justice Alliance Awards 2016

£4,000, £2,000 & £1,000 prizes for inspiring organisations or individuals. 

New award for journalism promoting ‘better understanding’. 

The 2016 CJA Awards will give prizes of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 to three organisations or individuals who have contributed materially to improving outcomes across the criminal justice pathway, from policing to prisons and probation, in the last 12 months. The Awards, supported for the second year by the Hadley Trust, acknowledge a ‘marked contribution to effectiveness, fairness or new models of delivery’.

Winners will be selected by a judging panel including crossbench peer Baroness Young of Hornsey, veteran legal journalist Joshua Rozenberg, Director of Anawim Joy Doal and Mark Johnson, founder and Chief Executive of User Voice. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony in central London on 17 November. A further award will also be given for the first time to a print, online or broadcast journalist (or journalists) who has made a notable contribution to a better understanding of criminal justice in the last 12 months.

‘In spite of the huge challenges faced by the criminal justice system – from the excessive use of stop-and-search to overcrowded prisons – there’s a constellation of tireless individuals and organisations in Britain who make a real contribution to changing that system for the better,’ said CJA Director Ben Summerskill. ‘It’s important to be able to celebrate that and to be able to help fund work that will make a difference in future.’

Details of how to enter the CJA Awards 2016 can be found here. Entries are open until Friday 16 September.

For further information contact: Ben Summerskill, Director, Criminal Justice Alliance on 0203 176 1153 or 07719 291791.


(1) The Criminal Justice Alliance comprises 110 member organisations, employing 12,000 people between them, working to improve outcomes across the criminal justice system. Members range from influencing charities and service providers to research institutions and staff associations.

(2) Phil Hulme, Chair of the Hadley Trust, was knighted in the June 2016 Birthday Honours for services to philanthropy and technology

(3) The 2015 CJA Awards were presented by Princess Anne.