Food Matters’ aim is to create communities where healthy, sustainable, fair food is available to everyone. In particular, it runs projects that address food, well-being and mental health with disadvantaged groups including prisoners and people with previous convictions in the community, young people leaving care, people with addictions to substances, homeless people, parents of children at risk, people with mental health issues.
A major focus of Food Matters’ work is within the field of criminal justice, through the Food Matters Inside & Out programme. Food Matters takes a whole systems approach to changing food within prisons, so people in prison can make healthier choices. It works directly with prisoners, running face-to-face courses, in-cell learning and training peer supporters. Food Matters publishes a monthly health and wellbeing newsletter Her Wellbeing, which goes to all women serving custodial sentences in England (around 3,000) and is piloting His Wellbeing in a select number of men’s prisons.
Food Behind Bars is the UK’s only Registered Charity dedicated to transforming the food served in British prisons. It works with prisons on the subject of food – to improve the lives of those eating it and support the people making it. Its aim is to positively impact the health and wellbeing of prisoners, by delivering practical food-based education, promoting healthy eating and designing exciting food and drink initiatives.
Its projects and activities cover every aspect of food, cooking, eating and hospitality. Food Behind Bars works with prisons on a bespoke basis, co-designing original initiatives that enable prisons to champion wholesome, tasty and exciting food. Its work is shaped around each unique establishment and united by our philosophy of wholesome food for everyone in society.
DWRM Consultants partners with universities to support delivery of higher education in prisons and when people are released.
The Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) is an international non-profit organisation working with companies to champion fairness, equality, and effectiveness across systems of punishment and incarceration. RBIJ grew from the campaign movement on the ground and the growing need for key economic stakeholders to help drive real change. It engages, educates, and equips businesses — and their leaders — to participate in meaningful advocacy on key criminal justice issues, support policy-specific reform campaigns, and use their resources and operations to be a force for good in society.
The Prison Governors Association (PGA) represents the interests of its membership of prison governors, and promotes and supports continuous improvement within the criminal justice system.
Women in Prison is a national charity that supports women affected by the criminal justice system and campaigns to end the harm caused to women, their families and communities by imprisonment.
User Voice builds the structures that enable productive collaboration between service users and service providers in the criminal justice system. User Voice is able to do this because its work is led and delivered by people with lived experience, giving the charity the special ability to gain the trust of, access to, and insight from people within the criminal justice system.
Unlocked was established in 2016 to attract high-calibre graduate talent to work in the UK prison service and inject new ideas, insights, and energy into the rehabilitation of people in prison.
The Centre for Criminology was established in 2001 and comprises a team of active researchers and research students with specialisms in homicide and violence, policing, youth justice and youth policy, probation and prisons, rehabilitation and resettlement, prisoners’ children and families, substance misuse, green, global and transnational criminology, crime prevention, animal abuse, informal justice and alternatives to prosecution and imprisonment.
Transform Justice is a national charity working for a fair, humane, open and effective justice system. It promotes change by generating research and evidence to show how the system works and how it could be improved, and by persuading the public to support those changes and practitioners and politicians to make them.
Trailblazers Mentoring works to reduce reoffending in young adults by helping them change their attitude, thinking and behaviour through intensive mentoring, advice, advocacy and specialist support.
The Zahid Mubarek Trust (ZMT) was set up by the family of Zahid Mubarek, who was murdered by his cellmate in a racially motivated attack. The work of the ZMT includes evidence-based advocacy and grassroots support to people in prison and their families, with a focus on equality, fairness and human rights.
Sussex Pathways provides volunteer key worker services for prison leavers, as well as rehabilitation support within prisons and a restorative justice service that works pre and post-release with people who have committed crimes and victims.
Storybook Dads enables families to reconnect through storytelling. It helps parents in prison to record bedtime stories and messages for their children on CD or DVD.
The StandOut Programme offers a unique opportunity to people preparing for release from prison by equipping them with the tools, skills and mindsets needed to apply for work so they can re-engage with society with confidence.
*The Alliance for Youth Justice is an associate member of the CJA.
The Alliance for Youth Justice brings together non-profit organisations advocating for and with children to drive positive change in youth justice in England and Wales.
The St Giles Trust aims to help break the cycle of prison, crime and disadvantage and create safer communities by supporting people to change their lives. It uses expertise and real-life past experiences to empower people
Spark Inside runs coaching programmes in prisons across London and the South East to encourage rehabilitation and reduce reoffending.
Samaritans trains people in prison to provide emotional support to their peers, with the aim of reducing self-harm and suicide.
The Revolving Doors Agency is a charity working across England to change systems, improve services for people with multiple problems who are in contact with the criminal justice system, and end the revolving door of crime.