National Enquiry Launch in Manchester Town Hall
Make Justice Work has just launched its National Commission of Enquiry in Manchester. Our panel – Lord Ian Blair, Paul McDowell (CEO of Nacro), Owen Sharp (acting CEO of Victim Support), John Thornhill (Chair of the Magistrates Association) and Peter Oborne (the new political columnist for the Telegraph) – visited the Intensive Alternative to Custody programme in Manchester.
This was followed by an evidence giving session with the panel and a wider debate with the audience. It was a very successful and lively event and we were delighted at the discussions that came out of the Enquiry. We are now planning our next event which will be late October and we intend to raise the stakes by broadening out our audience base and media coverage. Our role is to inspire confidence in the public and particularly decision makers, that intensive community sentencing can be tough, challenging and most importantly, reduce crime. The programme in Manchester did just that. The evidence is there – we just need to get it out into the public domain for all to see.