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What are the CJA Awards?

The CJA Awards, generously supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, celebrate the outstanding individuals, organisations and journalists/broadcasters working to make the criminal justice system fairer and more effective. There are two parts to the CJA Awards: the Sector Awards and Media Awards.

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The annual CJA Awards event was … a stand-out moment in terms of helping reframe the media narrative and celebrate best practice. Importantly, the event was acknowledged for engaging key journalists and a member summed up its positive impact as setting the gold standard and showing the sector what can be done.

Kathleen Christie, CJA Awards Evaluator

Sector Awards

The Outstanding Individual Award celebrates the work of individuals in the criminal justice sector.

 

Prizes

The winner of the Outstanding Individual Award receives £1,000.

The runner up of the Outstanding Individual Award receives £500.

 

Previous winner/runner-up

Winner: Kim Mitchell, who waived her anonymity to challenge the government denying victims of crime compensation if they have an unspent conviction. The judges said, ‘Kim has shown incredible strength and bravery by using her voice on behalf of all survivors, and ensuring the government is held to account. Her decision to waive anonymity to secure an outcome and help further victims is outstanding beyond belief.’

Runner-Up: Razia Hadait, CEO and Founder of Himaya Haven. Judges said Razia is ‘clearly a force for community good. There is true strength of character and determination which shines through in the nomination.’

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The Outstanding Local or Regional Organisation Award recognises the work of local or regional organisations in the criminal justice sector.

 

Prizes

The winner of the Outstanding Local or Regional Organisation Award receives £3,000.

The runner-up of the Outstanding Local or Regional Organisation Award receives £1,000.

 

Previous winner/runner-up

Winner: LandWorks, a charity that works with people on day-release from prison, or at risk of going to prison, to aid their rehabilitation and resettlement back into the community. Judges said, LandWorks goes above and beyond the science of rehabilitation and recidivism. It’s a way of life and the opportunity to reset and prepare for the world beyond the gate.

Runner-Up: Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service, which supports victims and people who have committed crime through restorative justice. One judge said,The Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service is safe, smart, person-centred, restorative and trusted.’

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The Outstanding National Organisation Award recognises the national organisations who are working for a fairer and more effective criminal justice system.

 

Prizes

The winner of the Outstanding National Organisation Award receives £3,000.

The runner-up of the Outstanding National Organisation Award receives £1,000.

 

Previous winner/runner-up

Winner: Women in Prison, a 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. The judges said, ‘Wow! Women in Prison meets every strand of the CJA vision. Women in Prison is a very strong advocate for women in prison and in the community, pushing for systemic reform while taking care of the immediate issues.’

Runner-Up: JENGbA, an organisation campaigning on behalf of and with those wrongfully convicted under joint enterprise laws. Judges said, JENGbA’s work and perseverance has raised huge public and professional awareness of a previously hidden issue in the criminal justice system.’

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The Saskia Jones Legacy Award recognises outstanding work to support and improve outcomes for victims of crime.

 

Prizes

The winner of the Saskia Jones Legacy Award receives £1,000.

The runner-up of the Saskia Jones Legacy Award receives £500.

 

Previous winner/runner-up

Winner: Jenni Steele, Founder of Project Yana CIC, an initiative that works with young people directly affected by gang-related violence, sexual grooming, exploitation, domestic violence, and abuse. Jenni uses her lived experienced as a survivor of domestic abuse to provide culturally aware services to victims of sexual violence. One judge said, ‘Jenni’s work is simply outstanding, leading change and making a direct impact within whole communities, with particular focus on our youngest and the vulnerable. Jenni’s aspiration to create a youth board is exemplary and all of her work chimes soundly with the values of the CJA and the ethos of Saskia’s legacy.’

Runner-Up: Kendra Houseman, a survivor of child criminal exploitation, who set up Out of the Shadows to train frontline professionals and appeared on a BBC documentary to raise public awareness. One of the judges said, ‘Kendra is impressive and inspiring. Her knowledge is invaluable in creating whole system change, which local authorities and local government need to listen to.

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The Jack Merritt Legacy Award recognises outstanding work for racial equality.

 

Prizes

The winner of the Jack Merritt Legacy Award receives £1,000.

The runner-up of the Jack Merritt Legacy Award receives £500.

 

Previous winner/runner-up

Winner: Ebinehita Iyere, Founder of Milk Honey Bees, a Black women-led expressive safe space that allows young women and girls to flourish through therapeutic one-to-one sessions and creative group projects. Ebinehita is a passionate and powerful advocate including giving a TEDx talk entitled ‘When will you see Black girls?’. The judges said, ‘Ebinehita is the difference; a game changer and social leader impacting the lives of many young people. Her work focuses on a group which is often overlooked in outreach work, Black women.

Runner-Up: Sammy Odoi, Founder of Wipers CIC and a qualified social worker who engages and empowers young Black men, trains probation officers and leads community conversations on race and criminal justice. The judges said, Sammy’s work is inspiring whole system change and his leadership will empower communities and policy makers and beyond. Communities are stronger and safer because of Sammy.’

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Winning the Saskia Jones Legacy Award was an honour and to hear from her family made me feel so humble. The recognition of hard work and efforts will forever be something we need it inspires and motivates change.

Jenni Steele, Founder of Project Yana CIC, Winner of The Saskia Jones Legacy Award for Victim Services 2021

Media Awards

The Outstanding Journalism Award recognises the journalists who have improved understanding and challenged misperceptions of criminal justice.

 

Previous winner/runner-up

Winner: Jackie Long, Channel 4 News. The judges said: Jackie has not only included the voices of people affected by county lines in her reporting, but has also advocated and challenged on their behalf.’

Runner-Up: Shanti Das, The Sunday Times. One judge said: Shanti clearly followed Annelise’s story with strong journalistic principles, including compassion, empathy and resilience. These are the types of stories and themes that go under the radar. Shanti’s writing is engaging and rich with detail.

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The Outstanding Digital Media Champion celebrates the individuals who use digital media to improve understanding and challenge misperceptions of criminal justice.

 

Previous winner/runner-up

Winner: A Bit of a Stretch podcast by Chris Atkins. The podcast, featuring interviews with people about their time in prison, exposes the state of the prison system. The podcast ‘amplified the voices of people with lived experience and showed the realities of life in prison.’

Runner-Up: EachOther, a UK-focused charity using independent journalism, storytelling and filmmaking ‘to put the human into human rights’. One judge said, The story-telling techniques used in the ‘Excluded’ documentary are epic! The style and look of the film felt fresh and exciting. More importantly, the wealth of stories and lived experiences from young people gave this film a strong authentic foundation.’

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The Outstanding Documentary Award celebrates the documentary makers who have improved understanding and challenged misperceptions of criminal justice.

 

Previous winner/runner-up

Winner: The Truth About Stop and Search, by Flickr Productions for Channel 4. Judges said that it was an incredibly impactful documentary that challenged narratives. The survey aspect is impressive as it demonstrates the time taken to gather people’s lived experiences. The documentary also highlighted the emotional toll of stop and search which is too often overlooked or dismissed.

Runner-Up: Hope High, by Annabel Deas for BBC Radio 5 Live. One of the judges said, Hope High grabbed me from the get-go. It featured incredible access which clearly took a long time to secure through trust-building. In general, the first-hand accounts from young people are missing from wider narratives around exploitation and gangs. This podcast bucks that long-time trend.

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What I valued in so many of the nominations was the ability of the journalists to take an individual story and and use it to tell a much bigger story about social challenges and systemic failings. And sometimes even successes and solutions. Through the Media Awards the CJA are setting the bar for safe, fair and powerful reporting of criminal justice issues.

Judge of the CJA Media Awards 2021