Grant-makers unite on non-violent female offenders

More than 20 of the largest grant-makers in the UK have banded together to put pressure on the Government to stop putting non-violent female offenders in jail.

The funding organisations, which invest more than £36m a year in the criminal justice sector, called on the Government to implement reforms proposed in the 2007 Corston Report, which they believe clearly shows current policy is not working.

"We've received information from hundreds of organisations we fund in the criminal justice sector," said Teresa Elwes, of the Bromley Trust, one of the funders involved. "We've funded a lot of projects, and it was clear from our work that the current strategy wasn't working."

She said the collaboration between the funders was unusual. "But we're all in agreement, so it seems logical," she said. "Grant-makers are not cash machines for the voluntary sector. We have a duty to make sure our money is spent strategically - and we often have a better view of the wider picture than other organisations."

Elwes said there was more scope for cooperation among grant-makers. "We're limited because we often have very different aims and methods," she said. "Also, there is a delicate power dynamic, and we need to avoid being seen as politically motivated."

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