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Community Sentences Cut Crime Conference 2012


Thursday 19 July 2012, 10.15am-4.00pm
The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

The conference will discuss the future of the criminal justice system and the role of community sentences and the courts. It will also hear about the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Community Sentences Cut Crime campaign, which encourages public and government support for successful community sentences.


The conference will also include the Community Programmes Awards 2012, recognising the country’s most successful programmes. Sally Bercow, political activist, media personality and writer will present the Adult, Women, Unpaid Work and Education, Training & Employment Awards. Young judges from the Howard League for Penal Reform’s U R Boss Project will present the Children & Young People’s Award.



Speakers include:

  • Ged Bates, Offender Management Lead, Probation Chiefs Association, and Director of Operations, Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation
  • Sally Bercow, political activist, media personality and writer
  • Tom Brake MP, Co-Chair, Liberal Democrat Backbench Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities
  • Frances Crook OBE, Chief Executive, the Howard League for Penal Reform
  • John Fassenfelt, Chairman,Magistrates’ Association
  • Aubrey Fox, Director of Strategic Planning, Centre for Court Innovation
  • Ben Gummer MP, Justice Select Committee
  • Helen Judge, Director of Sentencing and Rehabilitation, Ministry of Justice
  • Professor David Wilson, Birmingham City University and Vice-chair, the Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Young judges from the Howard League for Penal Reform’s U R Boss Project




Conference structure

Held at the Kings Fund’s delightful Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, the conference will start with coffee and registration at 9.30am. All delegates will receive a comprehensive conference pack. There will be plenary sessions with time for questions and debate. An exhibition of shortlisted awards programmes will be open for viewing throughout the event. Enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch with ample time for networking and exchange of ideas.



Who should attend?

Practitioners and policymakers at all levels, including probation, youth offending teams, NOMS, prison service, children and family services, magistrates and members of the judiciary, police service, politicians and councillors, academics, researchers, voluntary and community organisations.



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