Quakers in Criminal Justice

August 2018 Newsletter Download PDF

Editorial

Welcome to the August 2018 digital edition of the QICJ Newsletter. The newsletter, both in its physical and digital format has been significantly impacted by the loss of the completely amazing Carmel Schmid, who stepped down from the role of editor a few months ago, after a number of years of service to QICJ. Right now we are treading water until we determine how to take the Newsletter forward in the absence of a primary editor. As co-editor I have agreed to take charge of both editions of the August 18 Newsletter until a replacement comes forward to take the reigns of the physical edition. We are grateful to Rodney Mahon who has stepped in to help with stuffing and posting of the paper edition. Please read Ann's membership update and open letter for more detail on this matter.

I've been extremely grateful to the regular article writers and contributors who provided much of the material for this newsletter. As temporary “solo-editor”, I also reached out to some of the organisations in Northern Ireland involved in prisoner focused work and hopefully you will enjoy reading about NI based projects run by both Quaker Service NI and Housing Rights. We have a book review about the Kray brothers and a commentary on Police and the black community. For me the heart of the newsletter is always articles which highlight the first-hand experiences of those who are dealing with, or have navigated through the criminal justice system, and this edition we feature 2 articles by Steve which do exactly that along with lost of other great stuff which you'll discover for yourself as you browse through.

The next Newsletter is due in November and any articles can be sent directly to me until Carmel's replacement is in place. You'll find my email and snail mail addresses at the end of this newsletter. We hope you find the newsletter useful and informative.

Jonathan Lamb
Editor

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