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Longford Prize

Longford Prize Winner: Circles UK

17th November 2010

In awarding the 2010 Longford Prize to Circles UK, a charity which works with newly-released sex offenders, the judges explained they had made the award 'in recognition of Circles UK's courage, commitment and innovation in working, on their release from prison, with sex offenders, one of the most marginalised groups in our society. Circles UK brings together voluntary and statutory partners, including victims' groups, in a constructive alternative response which provides a much greater opportunity for preventing further crime, rehabilitating the offender, and achieving safer communities for us all'.


The judges made a second award, Highly Commending the charity Just for Kids Law, 'in recognition of the outstanding potential in this young community-based charity which supports children in trouble. We were particularly impressed by its holistic approach, working across traditional boundaries, to provide youngsters with both legal representation and support in accessing the sort of social care and education support that will help them steer clear of the criminal justice system in the future'.


And they made a Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter Kilgarriff, 'in recognition of his impact on the whole prison reform sector over many years; by what he has done as a funder prepared to take risks in supporting new approaches to rehabilitation; by what he has inspired others to do in the same vein; and by his success in bringing organisations together so that the sum of their impact is greater than the total of their parts.

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