robin corbett award for prisoner rehabilitation

Following Lord Corbett's death in February 2012, the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) agreed with his family to establish a lasting and fitting memorial to his exceptional work in penal reform.

Robin Corbett was the respected chair of the Home Affairs Committee. For ten years he chaired the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group to which PRT provides the secretariat. We are pleased that Robin's family approached PRT to develop and administer the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation.

The award, supported by the Worshipful Company of Weavers is for outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners done by a small charity or community group. It champions work that fosters personal responsibility.

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2017 writing competition



The Prison Reform Trust is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 writing competition.

We are continuing with the same three categories: comment/article, short story and lyric/rap. 

With the prison and probation service at a crossroads we have decided to make ‘All in it Together: Fixing the Prison Community’ the topic for this year’s comment prize. The Prison Reform Trust will submit winning entries, and collated ideas from all other entrants, to Ministers and officials.

We are please that last year’s judges have agreed to judge the 2017 competition. The Judges are:

  • Rachel Billington, OBE, has published 21 novels for adults, the latest entitled Glory, as well as children’s books and non-fiction titles. She is Honorary Vice-President of English PEN, and an associate editor of and contributor to Inside Time.
  • Kingslee ‘Akala’ Daley is a BAFTA/MOBO award winning hip hop artist, writer and TV presenter. He is also founder of the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, a music theatre production company specialising in the delivery of education programmes, live events and music productions aimed at engaging young people to help them achieve artistic excellence.
  • Erwin James is an author, Guardian columnist and editor in chief of Inside Time, the national newspaper for people in prison. His autobiography, Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope, was published in February 2017. He is a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust.
  • Minette Walters is a psychological thriller writer. She achieved a unique triple when her first three novels won the highest awards for crime and thriller fiction in the UK and USA. She is published in 36 countries and five of her stories have been adapted for television. Her major interest is working with offenders, both inside prison and on release.
  • Chris Mullin is an author, journalist and former MP, Minister and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee. His books include three volumes of diaries, and the novel A Very British Coup, which was made into an award-winning TV series. His latest book is Hinterland - A Memoir. He was a judge of The Man Booker Prize, 2011.
  • Femi Oyeniran is an award-winning London-based actor/filmmaker who has starred in hit films Kidulthood and Anuvahood. His first feature film as a filmmaker, It’s a Lot, was released theatrically in 2013. His production company Purple Geko produced the 10-part Sky Living series Venus vs Mars. His latest film, The Intent, was released in summer 2016.
For more information on how to enter, competition rules and prizes you can click this link to download a leaflet