Our reports focus on specific issues and offer recommendations for change. They are often presented to decision makers as evidence, and assist our lobbying, campaigning and influencing activities.
You can browse our reports using the menu on the left, and see our most recent reports below.
Working Together to Improve Criminal Justice
This report discusses the conclusion of The Monument Trust’s work, and the new Fellowship they have created to continue their objectives. The aim of their work has been to keep young people out of prison, and to ensure that those who offend and are sent to prison never go back. The Trust has now brought together a group of organisations to collaborate as a Fellowship for several years on each stage of the journey an offender experiences in the criminal justice system - from arrest, through prosecution and sentencing in court, in prisons and Young Offender Institutions, and on release. These organisations have set out their work, aims and shared values in this report.
Why we collaborate: Voluntary organisations talk about how they collaborate, what makes it work, and why it sometimes fails
This report, a collaboration between Clinks and Centre for Justice Innovation explores voluntary sector collaboration in the criminal justice system. The report showcases four case studies where voluntary organisations talk about how they collaborate, what makes it work, and why it sometimes fails. It seeks to draw conclusions about the motivation for collaboration, the impact which it can have and the factors which underpin successful collaboration.
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Valuing volunteers in prison: a review of volunteer involvement in prisons
This report, commissioned at the request of Andrew Selous MP, explores how we can increase the amount and scope of prison volunteering across England and Wales. It explores the benefits of volunteering in prisons, current examples of good practice and gaps, key supports and barriers to effective volunteer involvement, and actions to support the development of more effective volunteering.
Valuing volunteers in prison: the views of service users and ex-offenders
User Voice undertook a peer-led consultation to explore perceptions of volunteering in prison reform from the perspective of service users in the Criminal Justice System. The report shares their views on volunteers and volunteering, including service provision, benefits of non-prison staff, and benefits to volunteers; characteristics of volunteers including motivation and lived experience; and delivering voluntary services in prison, including access to prison and reception from prison.
Change & challenge: the voluntary sector’s role in Transforming Rehabilitation
Having surveyed 151 voluntary sector organisations and holding face to face discussions with over 90 organisations, Clinks has publised a full report on the sector’s collective experience of changes to probation services under the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. The report makes seven recommendations for change that we hope will improve the sector’s experience and drive improvements in probation services.
The state of the sector 2016 - key trends for voluntary sector organisations working with offenders and their families
During another year of considerable change, the voluntary sector remains focused on delivering creative solutions to supporting the needs of their clients. Organisations told us that their clients’ needs have changed and become more severe, which has led them to develop and deliver new services to respond to this need. Partnership working is important for the sector, but it can be challenging due to the policy and funding environment creating ‘rivalry and competition.’ Some organisations are at risk of closure and nearly half of organisations are using their reserves to support their work.
Clinks Thinks | Criminal justice policy and the voluntary sector
This pamphlet sets out the key policy issues raised by Clinks members, and the main issues on which Clinks advocates for change.
Critical friends - an independent review of voluntary sector infrastructure in the Criminal Justice System
This report summarises the findings of a comprehensive independent review of infrastructure services for the voluntary sector working in the Criminal Justice System. The views of 157 organisations and individuals were collected for this review. An overwhelming majority of those participants expressed support for the role that infrastructure plays in supporting the voluntary sector throughout the Criminal Justice System. Many expressed the view that infrastructure organisations were vital for the future of informed and effective service delivery.
Tackling inequality in the Criminal Justice System - seminar report
The Young Review - Improving outcomes for young black and/or Muslin men in the Criminal Justice System
This report highlights the specific experiences and needs of black and Muslim men aged 18-24 in the Criminal Justice System, and sets out a series of recommendations that aim to ensure that action takes place to address unequal outcomes; from prison to resettlement.