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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 […]

NCJAA recognised in parliament

NCJAA recognised in parliament



The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee held a session yesterday on the social impact of participation in culture and sport. Five ministers from across government attended as witnesses, including Edward Argar MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice and Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and […]

Government call for evidence on supporting former prisoners to find employment

Government call for evidence on supporting former prisoners to find employment



The Cabinet Office and Ministry of Justice have put out a Call for Evidence asking for case studies from public, private and voluntary sector employers and organisations which support former prisoners to find employment. Through the consultation they want to improve their understanding of inclusive recruitment practices, employability initiatives, and evidence and impact. Consultation closes at 5pm on 31 August […]

Government consultation on probation services

Government consultation on probation services



The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last week announced an eight-week public consultation on the future of probation. Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) welcome this announcement. Clinks’ TrackTR research on the voluntary sector’s engagement in Transforming Rehabilitation shows that the voluntary sector is under represented, under pressure and under resourced and calls for […]

Justice Secretary says “there is a role for the arts”

Justice Secretary says “there is a role for the arts”



The Justice Secretary, David Gauke MP, has recognised the role and impact of the arts in criminal justice as he sets out his position on a prison service “close to breaking point”. In an interview with The Times, Mr Gauke spoke about having “a culture of rehabilitation” and wants to “encourage drama, writing and painting in prisons.” He goes on to say: […]