Positive Justice


Gloucestershire

Positive Justice

Aims:

  • To encourage the use of restorative and therapeutic practices within the criminal justice system, in order to reduce crime and its impact on victims.
  • To act as a pressure group: balancing negative representations in the popular press, and raising public awareness of, and support for, positive initiatives within the criminal justice system, particularly alternatives to imprisonment where appropriate.

Objectives

  • To organise regular public meetings, and informal discussion forums;
  • To disseminate accurate and up to date information regarding crime and the community;
  • To cooperate with other community/voluntary groups;
  • To act as an information point for those who wish to get involved with the voluntary sector; to promote positive policies to the media and to policy makers by writing letters, putting out press releases and through our website.

Read all about it!

There was a wonderful article by Eric Allison (who spoke in Stroud a couple of years ago to a packed audience) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/27/utopian-thinking-prisons-broken-england-wales-hmp-grendon

Drama in Prisons

Meeting in Stroud 18th March a report on this wonderful film and the discussion following it will be available soon.

For a report of our meeting on children with parents in prison last year - click here

PJG committee have written to Michael Gove - to read the letter click here

Alma Hageman has obtained funding    for her work with the Rubies at Eastwood Park - wonderful - see News

Spring lunchtime forum on 'Faith in prisons' on April 25th in the Forest of Dean, was a great success.  Report on this event will be available soon.  

For our 2014 Newsletter newsletter 2014

For a report of our Prisons Week meeting 2014 click here

Our lunchtime forum on Saturday July 5 in Tewkesbury was a great success.  'Legal discrimination: is it fair?' Two former prisoners shared their experiences of the discrimination after release.  for a report Every sentence a life sentence

Abolishing Stigma Punishments - An excellent read.

Our meeting on restorative justice on Saturday April 5 2014, at Gloucester Quaker Meeting House was reported in the Citizen -   see here

To read our own report - RJ 2014 report.pdf

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PJG autumn meeting:  Nov 14.  Alma Hageman on 'Vulnerable Women in the Prison System.' Details - click

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What do prisoners and ex-offenders need to learn? for details what do prisoners need to learn

David Liddington, justice secretary, wrote on open letter on June 21.  You can read it here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prison-reform-open-letter-from-the-justice-secretary

PJG committee decided we should reply.  You can read our reply David Liddington

Latest News

'Great Expectations' was the title of our summer lunchtime forum.  A magistrate and three speakers from the Gloucestershire organisation Great Expectations  discussed  how to divert young people from crime.

The Great Expectations speakers shared their life stories and experiences. All had been troubled in their youths and admitted to having made 'wrong decisions' which had landed them in prison. Two are still in prison: one in Leyhill and one in the 'open' wing of Eastwood park. They work with young people to help them not to make the same mistakes, and not end up in prison. Their desire to help other young people to avoid prison was truly moving.

Full report shortly

Read PJG chair's report to our AGM2017 chair's report

Positive Justice Gloucestershire's spring meeting with Andrew Neilson, director of campaigns for the Howard League for Penal Reform was on 'Preventing Prison Suicide' .

For a report suicide report

See our latest newsletter newsletter 2016-2

Prisons week public meeting 2016

with Juliet Lyon director of the Prison Reform Trust. Thursday October 13 in Gloucester.  For a report footholds-for-reform

Lunchtime Forum July 2016

We had a successful meeting at Prema in Uley on the subject of Arts behind Bars.  Unlocking Creativity.   for a report prema

For PJG's chair's report on the year 2015- 2026 click here

 

Prisons week public meeting

with Juliet Lyon director of the Prison Reform Trust. Thursday October 13 in Gloucester.  For a report footholds-for-reform

Lunchtime Forum July 2016

We had a successful meeting at Prema in Uley on the subject of Arts behind Bars.  Unlocking Creativity.   for a report prema

For PJG's chair's report on the year 2015- 2026 click here