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What prisoners need to make the best use of time in prison

What prisoners need to make the best use of time in prison



Over 1,250 prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families have contributed to a new report titled What do you need to make the best use of your time in prison? Published by the Prisoner Policy Network, the report highlights prisoner experiences of life behind the wall and positive ways to move forward. It argues that prisons need to […]

Encouraging family bonds through storytelling

Encouraging family bonds through storytelling



Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to develop its transformative Bedtime Stories project in prisons. The project, which builds literacy skills and encourages important family bonds through storytelling, will be rolled out in another five schools and 12 prisons across England, reaching a further 1,000 families. The Festival organises author-led […]

Positive action to recruit people with criminal records

Positive action to recruit people with criminal records



The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, alongside Arts Council England, the Ministry of Justice and the charity Unlock, is asking arts, media and cultural organisations to review their recruitment approaches and take positive action to develop opportunities for people with experience of the criminal justice system. Our message to employers is this: don’t let a […]

Cell Furniture: new designs for safety, wellbeing and sustainability

Cell Furniture: new designs for safety, wellbeing and sustainability



Final year students from Central Saint Martins’ product design course are developing experimental prison cell furniture designs. The designs aim to generate a range that is not only robust and sustainable, but also helps to create a decent environment for prisoners and prison staff. The Cell Furniture project comes from the Design Against Crime Research Centre […]

New guidance for working in criminal justice settings

New guidance for working in criminal justice settings



Our new guide, Enhancing arts and culture in the criminal justice system: A partnership approach, is now available to download and read. The publication outlines the complex nature of the criminal justice system and the value of arts and culture in these settings. It includes step-by-step guidance and principles of best practice – putting individuals […]

Creating change through theatre with women on probation

Creating change through theatre with women on probation



Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) has been awarded £20,000 from the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund for the pioneering arts intervention programme, Creating Change, now in its third year of operation. Developed by HCT, alongside BearFace Theatre and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company, Creating Change uses drama to encourage women […]

Justice Secretary announces new model for probation

Justice Secretary announces new model for probation



The Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon. David Gauke MP, has set out his blueprint for the future of probation, which brings all offender management under the public National Probation Service (NPS) when the current contracts with private providers come to an end in 2021. Overall, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and Clinks […]

Government committee recommends review of arts in criminal justice

Government committee recommends review of arts in criminal justice



The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance is pleased to see the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture and sport recognise the important role of arts organisations in supporting people on their desistance journey. The final report, Changing Lives: the social impact of participation in culture and […]