Arts in the criminal justice system
THE NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE ARTS ALLIANCE
- About us
- Policy and influencing
- Raising the profile of arts in criminal justice
- Promoting good practice
- Professional mentoring scheme
- Keep in touch
The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s aim is to ensure the arts are used within the criminal justice system as a springboard for positive change. Over 900 Alliance members deliver creative interventions to support people in prison, on probation and in the community, with impressive results. We support this transformative work by providing a network and a voice for all the talented and creative people who are committed to making great art with offenders.
We conduct and commission research to highlight the impact of the arts in the criminal justice system. Our Evidence Library, an award-winning resource for professionals, academics and others working in the criminal justice system, currently hosts over 100 key research and evaluation documents on the impact of arts-based projects.
We act as a conduit between our members and local and national policy-makers who set priorities relating to arts and criminal justice. One mechanism for this is via the Arts Forum, a tri-annual meeting chaired by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
We work hard to share the work of our members via a range of communications, including our monthly newsletter - which shares news, events, opportunities and recent publications - and via our Twitter, blog and case studies.
We want to encourage and promote excellence within arts and criminal justice, and aim for this to be threaded through all of our work. To address this, we run a professional mentoring scheme, publish guidance and hold training events. Our Evidence Library enables members and commissioners to assess the impact of arts programmes within a range of criminal justice settings.
We also hold events throughout the year to bring together a range of stakeholders including governors, prison staff, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) staff, policy-makers from MoJ, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England, and arts and culture organisations.
Our professional mentoring programme expands opportunities for our members to develop professional skills and knowledge in the field of arts and criminal justice through a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Expert mentors working in the arts and criminal justice sector provide a range of support about using arts within the criminal justice system to their mentee.
If you use the arts in criminal justice then why not join us? Membership keeps you engaged with the sector and enables you to: learn about new opportunities, policy and projects, enjoy marketing and networking opportunities, join in our blog posts and case studies, and influence how we do our work.