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 winners of the 2017 writing competition.

The three categories were:

‘All in it Together: Fixing the Prison Community’ - a comment piece or article of no more than 500 words (click on the winner's name to read their article)

SC, the judges said the winning piece was "insightful and accurate"
FL, the judges said this article was "thought provoking"
MH, the judges said this piece was "touching and emotional"


'Life starts now' - a short story of no more than 1,000 words (click on the winner's name to read their article)

AS, the judges said he was "an excellent piece of storytelling"
TH, the judges said the story "full of intrigue"
EJ, the judges said the piece "gripping and different"


'Stand up and be counted' - a rap/lyric of no more than 400 words (click on the winner's name to read their article)

EG, the judges said the winning poem  "hinted at darkness but had a great twist"
CA, the judges "enjoyed the poem's fun and sense of mischief"
JT, the judges said this piecewas  "stirring and inspiring"

And the prize for an outstanding entry from an under 21-year-old went to:

MW, the judges said this was 'a well-argued, sensible piece from a young writer.'