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Nominations are invited from prison governors, directors and senior managers for the 2018 Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-integration (formerly Rehabilitation). The closing date is 1 December 2018.

The award, kindly supported by the Chrysalis Programme and the Worshipful Company of Weavers, is for outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners done by a charity or community group. It champions work that fosters personal responsibility. Robin Corbett had a long-held interest in prisoners' education and people in prison 'learning through doing'.

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. The first awards were presented in 2013.

The panel of judges includes members of Robin Corbett’s family, the President of the Prison Governor’s Association, a Judge, the CEO of the Chrysalis Programme, the Director of the Prison Reform Trust, the Chair of the Howard League, a Trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and an ex-offender. The chair is Lord Ramsbotham, a former Chief Inspector of Prisons. The Award ceremony is at the House of Commons at the meeting of the All-Party Prison Reform Group, usually in February or early March. Nominations are invited from prison governors and directors as well as senior managers.
 
We are pleased to announce that the prize money has been increased thanks to sponsorship from the Chrysalis Programme. The first prize (Gold) is raised from £3,000 to £5,000. Highly Commended (Silver) which was £1,000 is now £3,000 and a new Commended (Bronze) prize has been added for £1,000.

To apply for the 2017–2018 award click here to download an application form.

Eligibility:

  • Each governing governor/director or prison senior manager 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, will work with the winning organisation to publicise the award. 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 deadline for receiving nominations is 1 December 2017 (Further details available from the Prison Reform Trust)

Details of the 2016–2017 award winners are available by clicking here.