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Guides and Reports

What does success look like for arts in criminal justice settings?

Following a series of roundtables commissioned by Arts Council England, this paper highlights key messages and next steps to achieve success for arts in criminal justice settings.

National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance
Annual Review 2016-17

Each year we produce an annual review that highlights our work, and the work of our members.

Using the arts as a driver for equality in criminal justice settings

We have put together this resource to help our members, as well as arts organisations, to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity in their work.

Arts, culture and innovation in criminal justice settings: a guide for commissioners

This guide provides practical information and ideas for those wishing to commission artists and arts organisations.

National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance
Annual Review 2015-16

Every year we produce an Annual Review that highlights the work we’ve been doing, and the work of our members.

National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance
Annual Review 2014-15

Each year, we produce an Annual Review highlighting our key achievements over the previous twelve months.

Write to be Heard: Supporting offender learning through creative writing

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s creative writing programme ‘Write to be Heard’ aimed to encourage hard-to-reach offenders to engage with education and arts opportunities in prison.

Re-imagining futures: Exploring arts interventions and the process of desistance

Carried out by Northumbria University and Bath Spa University, this report highlights examples of how the arts can support positive changes linked to personal agency, efficacy and identity, which are linked to the highly individualised journey of desistance from criminal behaviour.

National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance
Annual Review 2013 – 2014

Read about our members’ work, our activities and how the arts in criminal justice makes a difference.

National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance
Annual Review 2012 – 2013

Read about our members’ work, our activities and how the arts in criminal justice makes a difference.

What really works? Arts with offenders

The brochure offers a snapshot of the huge variety of arts initiatives taking place in the Criminal Justice System.

Demonstrating the value of arts in Criminal Justice

This guide, produced by Charities Evaluation Services, provides practical tips to help organisations move from making their desired effect explicit to developing methods of capturing and demonstrating achievements.

Criminal Justice: an artists’ guide

Written by Saul Hewish and Chris Johnston from Rideout this guide offers National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance members the chance to learn from Rideout’s vast experience of delivering arts based projects in the Criminal Justice System.

Unlocking Value: the economic benefit of the arts in criminal justice

This report explores the economic benefits which art interventions can produce.


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