Quakers in Criminal Justice

Winter 2022 Newsletter Download PDF


For the Winter Edition we have a compact (slightly smaller than our usual size) but nevertheless informative and information packed 20 pages of articles, reports, poetry and updates.

Finding artwork for the articles is always a bit of a challenge and so I'm particularly grateful to Debbie Rowell who submitted her own artwork. As soon as I saw it I knew exactly where I could use it and you'll find it illustrating an article from Quaker Service NI on Women Prison leavers and accommodation on page 17.

Once again Melanie Jameson, our clerk and a regular contributor to the newsletter provides us with two insightful articles on both Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences and concerning changes in Parole Board rules. Melanie is in many ways the glue that holds our group together and I'd like to express my thanks to her for all she does on a daily basis to keep us organised and informed.

With it being the winter edition that also means that it's almost time for our annual conference. This year it is being held in Hinley Hall in Leeds and focuses on Prejudice and Disadvantage: How marginalised and minority groups are disproportionally present in our Criminal Justice System. Having had a look at the draft programme, it is shaping up to be absolutely excellent. There is a booking form on page 19. I placed it there to allow for you to cut it off and complete with minimal damage to your newsletter.

Be sure to get your application forms completed and submitted to our membership secretary Simon as soon as possible as places are limited and Leeds is always a popular venue when we host it there.

Finally I would like to wish all of our members a peaceful and rewarding New Year. I'm looking forward to catching up with you at the conference and to meet some of our newer members for the first time. Thank you for all your contributions to the newsletter during 2022.

Jonathan Lamb

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