On Thursday 17 March 2016, Will McMahon (Deputy Director) and Rebecca Roberts (Senior Policy Associate) will be attending the Howard League conference at the University of Oxford to talk about the Centre's Justice Matters initiative. They will be presenting a prototype workshop toolkit which aims to encourage participants to think through short- and long-term solutions to a range of social harms and problems that do not rely on criminal justice interventions.
Justice Matters seeks to inspire long-term systemic social change based on the need to rethink the entire configuration of policy and practice so that many current criminal justice responses are not required at all. This means fundamentally different strategies to criminal justice, not reform of and improvements to the way it works.
We are developing the workshop and toolkit as one way of building this strategy for change. The workshop has been tested on professional and community groups with encouraging feedback. The graphics below are examples of some of the visual aids the toolkit uses to encourage workshop participants to think beyond criminal justice.