Quakers in Criminal Justice

Swimming against the Tide

The 2011 conference of Quakers in Criminal Justice took place at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, from 25 to 27 February 2011.

Statistics confirm that those who experience deprivation, abuse, neglect and school exclusion are more likely to be swept up into the criminal justice system. Criminalised young, they often re-offend and struggle to gain a foothold in society. A disproportionate number of offenders struggle with mental illness and many battle against addictions.

Our 2011 conference looked at the needs of these groups and considered a range of approaches that swim against the tide of our punitive culture, engaging with damaged lives to provide a better future.

With the help of experienced speakers we informed ourselves of current issues and “took the pulse” of the coalition government, as regards its approach to criminal justice.

Further reports will be published here in due course.