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Longford Prize

Longford Prize Winner: PACT

17th November 2015

The winner of the Longford Prize in 2015 was PACT.  In their citiation, the judges' wrote: "“Good research and good practice have both long shown that maintaining strong family ties is one of the key factors in offenders’ rehabilitation and avoidance of reoffending.  And for that reason the judges want this year to celebrate the outstanding work of PACT and the thoughtful and wide-ranging support it provides for the parents, siblings and children of prisoners, who are often the hidden victims of crime.”

Chief Executive, Andy Keen-Downs (pictured above), received the prize from the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, at the 2015 Longford Lecture.  Jon Snow read out the citation to the audience.

The judges also highly commended the Thames Valley Partnership and In2Change, and made a Lifetime Achievement Award to Eric McGraw.

Eric McGraw and Govey


In their citiation, they wrote of him: “It is hard to think of another individual in recent times who has had more of a direct and sustained impact on the everyday life of prisoners in this country than Eric McGraw. In 1990, he set up Inside Time as a newspaper that gave prisoners a voice.  Under his inspired leadership, it has grown from a small quarterly publication, initially viewed with suspicion by the prison service, to become a 54-page, self-financing monthly, with a truly national circulation of 60,000 - lively, challenging, entertaining and respected by everyone with anything to do with prisons. Its indispensability is a testament not just to the brilliance of Eric’s founding vision, but also to the 25 years of hard and sustained work he has given unstintingly to put that vision into practice.”


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