are a national crime reduction organisation and charity.
They provide advice and help to a range of professional and
voluntary agencies to support their work in reducing crime
and the fear of crime in local communities. They run over 50
projects in England and Wales.
The Fawcett Society campaigns for equality between women and men. Their Commission on Women and the Criminal Justice System aimed to bring a gender perspective to criminal justice policy-making and to allow women a voice in the current debates. Some excellent downloads are available here.
The Howard League for Penal Reform is the UK's oldest penal reform charity. Independent of government, it works for humane and rational reform of the penal system.
Howard League for Penal
Reform in Scotland is an
independent organisation (and charity) whose members seek
improvements to the criminal justice system in Scotland.
Innocent is an independent UK organisation which supports and campaigns for innocent people in prison. INNOCENT is made up of families, friends and supporters of wrongly convicted prisoners who have come together in order to help each other.
campaigns against deaths in custody and for changes in the
Coroner's Court system. It is the only organisation in
England and Wales exclusively concerned with deaths in
custody and inquests.
Justice is an independent legal human rights organisation set up to promote the rule of law and to assist the fair administration of justice. Its reports helped establish the Ombudsman system and promoted legislation on the rehabilitation of offenders and compensation for victims.
KnifeCrimes.Org is an online knife, gun and gang related information resource. They provide help and support to families and friends affected by serious violent crime or those bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter.
Liberty is a leading UK human rights and civil liberties organisation. They campaign and research on a wide range of issues - from deaths in custody to privacy intrusion.
NACRO, a crime reduction charity, aims to make society safer by finding practical solutions to reducing crime. They achieve this by assisting ex-offenders, disadvantaged people and deprived communities.
The Prison Reform Trust aims to create a just, humane and effective penal system, by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff, and the public; and influencing Government towards reform.
The Reform Remand campaign is calling for an improvement in the treatment of, and conditions for, people held in prison awaiting trial and a reduction in the needless use of custodial remand. It is organised by the Prison Reform Trust.
The Restorative Justice Consortium promotes the use of restorative justice in schools, the community, prisons, the criminal justice system, and any situation of conflict. It includes organisations representing victims, offenders, young people and mediators.
Runnymede is a leading independent, voluntary funded think tank on ethnicity and cultural diversity, which aims to challenge racial discrimination, to influence legislation and to promote a successful multi-ethnic Britain.
Searchlight aims to combat racism, neo-nazism, fascism and all forms of prejudice. It is a non-sectarian organisation in political, ethnic and religious terms.
Smart Justice is a crime reduction campaign, aiming to
widen public debate on crime and punishment and increase
confidence in community-based solutions to crime. Their
website explains how alternatives to custody are cutting
crime at a fraction of the cost of prison.
Stop Prisoner Rape (SPR) is a US organisation seeking to end sexual violence against men, women, and youth in all forms of detention. SPR supports policies to ensure institutional accountability. It aims to change society’s attitudes toward prisoner rape, and to promote access to resources for survivors.
The Violence Against Women Online Resources site provides a wealth of information on interventions to stop violence against women. The site is a cooperative project of the Office on Violence Against Women and Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse.
Women in Prison provides welfare and education to women in prison. It believes that prison should be reserved for a small number of violent and serious offenders from whom the public should be protected.
Women's Aid Federation of England is a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Their mission is to advocate for abused women and children and to ensure their safety by working locally and nationally.
Amnesty International campaigns to promote awareness of, and oppose abuse of, human rights. They undertake a range of educational activities, promoting the values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other international agreed human rights standards.
Human Writes is a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation which befriends and supports people on Death Row in the USA. Human Writes is not a campaigning or political group as such, but aims to non-judgementally respond to as many prisoners as they can.
The Justice Project is a nonpartisan US based organisation dedicated to fighting injustice and creating a more humane and just world. Founders of The Justice Project are veterans of war who have risked their lives fighting injustice. Their military experiences left them with an understanding of human suffering and a desire to leave a legacy of fairness for future generations.
The International Commission of Jurists is dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights.
The Alberta- based John Howard Society is concerned with the problem of crime and its prevention, and sees crime control as much the responsibility of the community as it is of government. The Society has produced many research and position papers on criminal justice topics; over 50 are available online.
LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) comprises current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities. They argue that by continuing to fight the "War on Drugs", the US government has worsened the problem. Government regulation and control of these substances, replacing the current system of control by the black market, would be a less harmful, less costly, more ethical and more effective public policy.
The National Conference for
Community and Justice (NCCJ) is an
American human relations organisation
bias, bigotry and racism. NCCJ promotes understanding and
respect among all races, religions and cultures through
advocacy, conflict resolution and education.