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A Life of Choices works with people in prison on long-term sentences by delivering creative coaching programmes that promote their mental wellbeing and cutting down on violence. The organisation aims to break cycles of violence and injustice by also providing support to individuals who are impacted by the criminal justice system.

JENGbA supports prisoners who have been convicted under the common law of Joint Enterprise for crimes they did not commit. They include children as young as 13 serving life sentences.

The unseen Victims Project has been created to support the hundreds of thousands of people who will find themselves supporting a loved one on a journey through the UK Criminal Justice system, every year. They encourage encourage proactive and reactive approaches to the multifaceted challenges and stigmas that Unseen Victims face on these journeys.

David’s doctoral research centres around the use of AI and emerging technologies in the criminal justice systems of both England and Wales and Japan. He has had long term involvement in the criminal justice system in England and Wales as a practitioner and trade union activist, and more recently as a policy lead.

Lived Expert aims to unlock the power of lived experience. It innovates new products and services from the lived experience, while also supporting other organisations in their journey to incorporate lived experience.
Ralph works as a Research Associate on an ESRC-funded project, ‘Measuring Special Measures: Supporting access to justice for autistic people’. This project investigates the provision and impact of Special Measures for autistic people’s participation in court settings.
Michelle is currently working with colleagues at the University of Bath and the University of Birmingham on a research project which is exploring autistic adults’ experience of Special Measures in justice systems.
The Mental Health Hub by MeYouWellbeing is a UK wide non-profit organisation delivering grassroots, community focused, therapeutic crisis intervention and mental health support. Their goal is to work towards suicide prevention, crisis management and general mental wellbeing in a manner which is trauma informed, easily accessible and culturally appropriate.
Dr Maya Flax has published on issues of hate crime and bystanders to hate crime, with her most recent research comparing the three most targeted religious hate crime groups. She is in the process of conducting research on jury deliberations as well as on hate crime victims who occupy multiple minority identities.
Professor Laura Crane’s research centres on identifying evidence-based ways to support autistic people within the criminal justice system (CJS). She has previously researched the experiences of autistic people (and the legal professionals who work with them) in relation to the CJS, while her most current work focuses on evaluating the use of special measures with autistic people in court.

Emma Robinson is currently researching the provision of staff support in HMPPS for a Masters thesis at Leeds Trinity University. On top of this, Emma works as a prison officer on the induction unit, having also done stints in the vulnerable peoples unit. Her sensitivity and dedication was recognised at the annual HMPSS Wales Awards earlier this year, where she won Prison Officer of the Year in the Changing Lives category.

EOS is a CIC, run by ex-prisoners, for prison leavers. They provide high quality, long-term support to prison leavers to allow them to re-establish themselves in the community through gaining access to education, training and employment.

The Criminal Justice and Human Rights Centre is a group of researchers, practitioners and community members studying the ‘justice’ in the criminal justice system. The Centre is interested in addressing the multiple challenges facing criminal justice, both nationally and internationally. The Centre takes a strategic focus on penal policy reform, international justice and human rights, and women’s justice.

Rethink Mental Illness is a value based charity, formed over 50 years ago, striving to improve the quality of life for all those severely affected by mental illness. They have 3 key business areas, campaigning, service delivery and advice and information provision.

They currently deliver in the following areas:

The Black Criminology Network (BCN) is an independent Global hub for Criminologists. particularly of Black heritage, to network, learn and achieve. They endeavour to support current and prospective Criminologists, particularly of Black heritage by facilitating monthly networking events, encouraging development, and sharing opportunities. They also consult individuals and organisations on how to support students or peers.

Dr Mary Fraser is a modern social historian of the police. Her current work considers the extended role of the police, particularly in preventing civil unrest in the First World War. Her primary data sources are occupations journals. aims to produce research that informs policy and practice and advances our understanding of justice.

Madeline is an Associate Professor at the University of Greenwich. Madeline’s research interests are focused on women’s experiences in the justice system and trauma-informed approaches to rehabilitative practice. Madeline is professionally qualified as a Probation Officer and has specialised in working with women on community supervision and in custody. She has previously acted as Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Community Justice/Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) – the qualifying award for trainee Probation Officers.

David Adlington-Rivers is a PhD researcher exploring hope and resilience for people in and released from prison, and the role it plays in crime desistance. David has published a self-help book, Freedom is in the Mind, about the power of hope for people in prison.

Dr Natalie Rutter’s current research work focuses on the stigmatisation of criminalised women, and the role of social media within this. General research interests and focus fall within the areas of desistance, gender, stigmatisation and probation delivery with a focus on narrative, visual and inclusion methodologies.

Sarah Learmonth’s PhD research explores the effectiveness of bail use in rape cases from the perspective of adult female survivors and is an extension of her Masters study on bail use in rape cases.

The methodology includes primary interviews with women survivors and professionals in universities, police, social care, housing, barristers, solicitors and magistrates to explore what influence bail as protection discourse has on their affective evaluation of survivor allegations and claims to protection in the wider safeguarding framework. Survivors’ voices, indeed victims of any offence, have been consistently absent from any government consultations, policy, or legislation reform on bail, so it is in this context she argues the nexus of myth, discourse and affect serve ideological agendas with regard to the use of bail in rape cases, inhibiting knowledge construction in favour of preserving systemic authority.