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.

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, click on Quakers in Britain above.

Justice Updates

Updates on criminal justice matters for April 2022:

Compare prison systems in the UK with 46 other countries through the Council of Europe's SPACE I Report, also Prisons of the World by Andrew Coyle, review by Tim Newell in The Friend 7th of April.
Youth Justice services are performing better, according to this briefing, which flags up the use of ‘diversion’.

Read the first Statement from the Justice Interim Group Time to end Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP), along with collated IPP experiences.

Catch QICJ at BYM
Sunday 22nd May 2–3:30pm Groups Fair: Viewpoints on QPCs from Tim Newell, Melanie Jameson and Sue Barrance
Tuesday 24th May 11am–12pm Faith in Action: Marian Liebmann and Nick McGeorge share their UN presentatioon on Restorative Cities

Previous updates:

The Human Rights Act needs to be protected, article in Jewish Voice.

Probation Quarterly. Articles include: recognising maternal trauma in probation supervision; whether changes to the perception, treatment and approaches to work with women and girls affected by the criminal justice system have occurred, to what extent and to what effect.

Our registered charity number is 1189077