Quakers in Criminal Justice

Welcome to Quakers in Criminal Justice

Quakers in Criminal Justice (QICJ) is an informal network of Quakers, based in the United Kingdom, who have an interest in the criminal justice system. It offers mutual support for Quakers working in various branches of the system and helps to inform them (and thereby their Meetings) about current penal issues. It is also a focal point for Friends with an interest in criminal justice.

QICJ is both a Quaker Recognised Body and a Registered Charity. View our constitution (PDF).

Members include Quaker prison chaplains, active and former criminal justice professionals, serving and former prisoners, academics and prison visitors. The involvements of QICJ membership are wide-ranging (PDF), from restorative practices in courts, communities and schools, to establishing charities working with victims or supplying education in custody.

We keep ourselves informed by circulating items relating to the criminal justice system that are then available as updates. This section of our website provides a useful resource and overview.

QICJ holds an annual conference, at which topics of current interest are discussed. This provides an opportunity to share problems and views with others working in various fields in the criminal justice system, who have to make similar difficult decisions and who share a Quaker approach.

A newsletter is published three times a year, for which articles are welcomed by the editor, and there is also a membership list, which helps members contact each other for support, advice or information, if required.

For a wider view of Quaker involvement in the justice field and links to other websites, see Quakers in Britain.

Our registered charity number is 1189077