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CJA Events & Member Meetings

The CJA holds regular events which give members and other organisations in the criminal justice sector the opportunity to discuss challenges, hear new ideas, support one another, and meet key policy makers.

Our Members Meetings, exclusively for members, feature a keynote speech from a senior policy maker, followed by a panel of experts discussing a key issue. Past speakers have included government ministers, chief inspectors, police and crime commissioners, victims’ commissioners and others. We always allow enough time for comment and questions from members on the given topic. Find out more about becoming a member.

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How can we improve mental health in the criminal justice system?

At this Members Meeting, we welcomed a panel of experts to discuss how we can improve mental health in the criminal justice system. Watch the video below or read a blog summarising the key insights on improving mental health. We also heard from Charlie Taylor, Chief Inspector of Prisons, about his goals and priorities for the next five years. Read our blog highlighting the key points from Charlie Taylor’s keynote speech.

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The role and future of policing

At this Members Meeting, an expert panel and members discussed the role of policing, how it should evolve over the next 20 years and how the legitimacy of the police could be strengthened. Watch the video or read a blog summarising the discussion.

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Building a diverse criminal justice workforce 

At this event held in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, we welcomed government ministers and experts from across the system to discuss how we can build a more diverse criminal justice workforce. Justice secretary Robert Buckland and shadow justice secretary David Lammy provided opening remarksWe also wrote a blog summarising the key insights from the event. 

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Tackling race disparity in the criminal justice system 

At this Members Meeting, justice minister Alex Chalk MP discussed the government’s response to the Lammy Review. This was followed by a panel of experts who set out how we can tackle race disparity in the criminal justice system. 

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Valuing lived experience in the criminal justice system

In this online event as part of HMPPS Insights20, CJA Director Nina Champion was joined by three individuals with lived experience of the criminal justice system who now work in prisons and probation, helping people to turn their lives around. The panel discussed the value of lived experience and how we can improve representation of people with lived experience at all levels of the criminal justice workforce.

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Violence reduction in custody and the community

At this Members Meeting, Lib Peck, Director of the London Violence Reduction Unit, gave a keynote speech on her first year in post implementing a public health approach and her interest in changing the narrative around violence. This was followed by a panel on violence reduction in custody and the community. 

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