The Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards are for the country’s most successful community projects which encourage desistance from crime. The Skill Mill has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Organisation of the Year Award and Managing Director, Davie Parks has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Criminal Justice Champion Award.
The awards are a celebration of projects which help to keep people out of the criminal justice system by providing alternative, proportionate, effective and targeted interventions which will help reduce the risk of re-offending. The awards recognise projects and organisations whose work and practice is delivered above and beyond normal service delivery. The Howard League for Penal Reform campaign for meaningful change in the criminal justice system. Everything they do seeks to achieve their aim of less crime, safer communities, and fewer people in prison.
The Organisation of the Year Award is in recognition of an organisation making a real difference in the criminal justice field by striving to divert people from the criminal justice system. The organisation must take a whole team approach in providing a comprehensive and cohesive service and a programme of interventions that reduce the risk of re-offending.
The Criminal Justice Champion Award is in recognition of an individual making a real difference in the criminal justice field by continually striving to reduce the number of people entering it. This person must have shown outstanding skill and dedication in their work, pushing the boundaries in achieving best practice and promoting justice.