Following Lord Corbett's death in February 2012, the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) has 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, supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, provides the secretariat. We are pleased that Robin's family approached PRT as the charity to develop and administer the new Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation.
The award, kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, is for outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners done by a small charity or community group. It will champion work that fosters personal responsibility. Nominations from prison governors and directors should be submitted by 31 October 2014. Robin Corbett had a developed interest in prisoners' education and people in prison 'learning through doing'.
**UPDATE: so far we have had 21 entries for the 2014 award**
There will be an awards panel including members of Robin Corbett's family, an officer of the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group, the Prison Governors' Association, a former prisoner and the Prison Reform Trust. Nominations will be invited from prison governors and directors. The award (or awards) and the cash prizes will either be given at the nominating prison or in Parliament at a special meeting of the All Party Group.
A leaflet with details of the award can be downloaded here and a nomination form can be downloaded here
Each governing governor / director may make up to two nominations per year.
- Nominated organisations must be registered charities or other not for profit bodies that work with serving prisoners.
- Achievements must be clearly stated in both quantitative and qualitative terms.
- The emphasis will be on work that fosters personal responsibility and calls on people in prison, and ex-offenders, to help others through mentoring and such like.
- The impact of the work should be verified by both prisoners and external sources.
The award will bring benefits to the winning organisation, including raising awareness of the work it does and highlighting the example of good practice, the potential for new partnerships and developments and an increased profile for future funding. The Prison Reform Trust, as part of its work to administer the award, will work with the winning organisation to create a press and communications strategy to draw attention to its success. Through gaining this recognition in the form of an award, and receiving a cash prize, the organisation will be able to use this as part of its own outreach strategy. By sharing the learning other criminal and social justice charities and organisations will also benefit.
People in prison should benefit from this award, either as direct recipients of the work of the winning charity or organisation, or because the work has been replicated across the prison estate. The Prison Governors' Association will benefit through its involvement with publicising the award and selecting the winner(s). The PGA will then be well placed to spread good practice through its membership.
(Further details available from the Prison Reform Trust)