The Changing Landscape of the Criminal Justice System
The 2014 conference of Quakers in Criminal Justice took place at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre from 21 to 23 February 2014.
We started on Friday evening by looking at the changes that the first year of Police and Crime Commissioners have brought about, then on Saturday the changes in the Probation Service were outlined to us. There followed a variety of workshops with topics including: life after imprisonment, families of prisoners, Quaker action on alcohol and drugs, a personal journey, and the work of Warwickshire Police addressing the issue of hate crime. Free time was as usual built into the programme for networking with Friends new and old, and a showcase session afforded Friends the opportunity to share their particular contributions to the Criminal Justice System. On Sunday our final session before Meeting for Worship examined the changing face of our prisons. The conference informed us of the huge shifts that have taken place in the Criminal Justice System within which we live and work.
A more detailed report will be published in due course.