On Thursday 2nd November I was pleased to be invited to speak at the AGM of Clinks, an organisation that supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with offenders.
I expanded on a number of themes in the Lammy Review, particularly my focus on reaching people before they get a criminal record, the problems of recent probation reforms and problems around recidivism and problems offenders have finding employment. I also talked about the specific problems faced by Muslim women and the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community in our criminal justice system and the importance of the justice system being more transparent in order to enable more effective analysis and reform.
Whilst my review did focus on ethnic disproportionality, the recommendations that I made are not race-specific and apply equally to white working individuals caught up in our criminal justice system.
I am very pleased to have had the support of Clinks and many voluntary organisations over the past 18 months or so, and I look forward to working closely with the voluntary sector in the coming months and years.