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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2019 writing competition





The Prison Reform Trust is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 writing competition.

The three categories are:

A Good Officer' - a comment piece or article of no more than 500 words, judged by:


Erwin James, Guardian columnist and editor of Inside Time. He is the author of three books: A Life Inside: A Prisoner’s Notebook, The Home Stretch:From Prison to Parole, and Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope.

And we welcome Big Issue editor Paul McNamee. Paul was appointed UK editor of the Big Issue in 2011, the first time the Big Issue had a single editor across all national, regional and online editions. Previously, Paul worked for the NME and has written for the Daily Mirror, the Guardian, the Belfast Telegraph, and The Irish Times.


'Hope' - a short story of no more than 1,000 words, judged by:

Rachel Billington OBE. Rachel has published 21 novels for adults, the latest entitled Glory, as well as children’s books, and non-fiction titles. In 2018 she edited the 7th vol. of Inside Poetry: Voices from Prison, published by Inside Time. She is Honorary Vice-President of English PEN and an associate editor of and contributor to Inside Time.

Minette Walters, a psychological thriller writer, who applies her skills to both crime and historical fiction. 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.

'Speak out' - a rap/lyric of no more than 400 words judged by:

Akala, 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.

Femi Oyeniran, an award-winning London-based actor/ filmmaker who has starred in hit films Kidulthood and Anuvahood. His first feature film as filmmaker, It’s a Lot, was released in 2013, followed by The Intent (2016) The 12 (2017) and The Intent 2: The Come Up (2018). His production company Purple Geko produced the 10-part Sky Living series Venus vs Mars and ITV2’s Dropperz. His latest show as a writer, Turn Up Charlie, is available on Netflix in over 191 countries.


The judges will award special prize for an outstanding entry from somebody 21 years or under

The competition rules and entry address is on our competition leaflet, you can download it by clicking this link