The Howard League for Penal Reform's annual awards for the country’s most successful community projects encouraging desistance from crime.
The Howard League believes that projects which help to keep people out of the criminal justice system, by providing alternative, proportionate, effective and targeted interventions will reduce the risk of reoffending.
These annual awards celebrate best practice in diversionary work and champion work in the community that challenges and changes people for the better – be it with children; women; mental health programmes or restorative justice.
- Policing and adults
- Policing and children
- Restorative Approaches
- Liaison and diversion
- Criminal Justice Champion
- Organisation of the year
The competition is open to statutory agencies and voluntary organisations that are developing diversionary schemes.
The judging panel for 2016 Awards included:
- Professor David Wilson, Birmingham City University (Chair)
- Graham Robb, Chair, Restorative Justice Council
- Jackie Russell, Director, Women’s Breakout
- Glyn Thomas, Head of Implementation, Liaison and Diversion Programme, NHS England
- ACC Garry Shewan, National Policing Lead for Community & Restorative Justice, Greater Manchester Police
- Catryn Yousefi, Programmes Manager, The Howard League for Penal Reform
The judging panel met on 19 October 2016 and the awards were presented at our national conference on 30 November 2016.
For the awards criteria download the entry guide.
We continue to work with the winners and runners-up after the awards, hosting open days with each project to celebrate success and share best practice in the local community.