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National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

Our aim is to ensure the arts are used within the criminal justice system as a springboard for positive change. Over 900 Alliance members deliver creative interventions to support people in prison, on probation and in the community, with impressive results. We support this transformative work by providing a network and a voice for all the talented and creative people who are committed to making great art with offenders.

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“Because we believe in this. It engages people. It has the power to change, give people the agency, the space, to change themselves.” David Kendall on Penned Up at HMP Downview

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Book charity wins Longford Prize

A charity that has been purchasing educational books for prisoners since 1996, Haven Distribution, has won The Longford Trust‘s 2018 Longford Prize. At last night’s sold-out Longford Lecture, Why do people stop doing crime?, the panel chose the low-profile work of the organisation as they wanted Haven Distribution to be publicly applauded for sending books into prison. The charity […]

Arts Council England publish evidence review

Arts Council England (ACE) today published Arts and culture in health and wellbeing and in the criminal justice system: A summary of evidence – the final piece of research conducted as part of its evidence review for the next ten-year strategy 2020-30. Co-authored by Richard Ings and John McMahon, the summary of evidence cites nearly 200 academic […]

Have your say on Arts Council England’s 10-year strategy

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance is asking its members to have their say on Arts Council England’s (ACE) upcoming strategy for 2020-2030, and shape where creative work in criminal justice settings fits in to its 10-year vision. We welcome ACE’s increased support for our sector, and believe this is an important opportunity to identify how criminal justice can help […]


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don’t forget the birds

Open Clasp present a follow up to Key Change, revealing the true story of what happened next for one of the women – and her relationship with her daughter – after her release.

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Young Vic and Kate Hewitt present a dark comedy set on a prison at Rikers Island.

Rewriting Justice

A one day introductory course from Clean Break. For theatre-artists, early career playwrights and criminal justice professionals with an interest in the specialised field of theatre, women and criminal justice.


Clinks seek health and justice policy co-ordinator

Clinks, the national charity for voluntary organisations in the criminal justice system in England and Wales, is looking for a Development Officer – Health and Justice (30 hours a week, £31,401 pro rata) to join its London office. This is an exciting opportunity to join Clinks’ highly respected policy team. The role co-ordinates Clinks’ work on health and justice policy, […]

Birmingham fund to tackle gangs and violence

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is to spend £250,000 ensuring Birmingham children don’t get involved in gangs and violence. David Jamieson is inviting all community and voluntary sector organisations in the city to bid for a share of the money which must be spent keeping young people away from crime. The cash is […]

Awards for prisoner re-integration

Prison Reform Trust has announced the launch of the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-integration, which celebrates outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners done by a charity or community group. Dominique Airey, Chief Executive of Khulisa (Winner 2018), said: “Can’t encourage you more to apply – this award has been game-changing for Khulisa. It’s added real profile […]