Education in the Criminal Justice System (SIG ECJS)


The SIG seeks to increase understanding of education in the Criminal Justice System in its widest aspects, examining the situation for prisoners, staff, and beyond into the public arena. For more detail contact the SIG Lead.


Open to all in the Company with an interest or expertise to offer in the field as well as members of the Criminal Justice community, other educators and policy makers.  The SIG is developing a range of activities, to disseminate knowledge and understanding of the field, celebrate outstanding achievement, and provide advice and resources where appropriate. It takes a robust, evidence-based approach to its activities, presently having about 30 members. It holds meetings/ discussion sessions online via zoom and may meet physically in due course. It has an active mailing list where members discuss matters by e-mail.

SIG LEAD: Professor James Crabbe or or

If you are interested in joining this SIG or receiving more information about it, please contact the SIG Lead above or the SIG Co-ordinator


See Company calendar for activities in the current year. Further Zoom meetings are being planned for 2022.


11 January 2022 – The group was given a presentation “Implementation of Europe-wide recommendations for education for young people in Prisons; Perspectives from Norway and the UK”. The Key Speakers were:

Geir Arne Hundvebakke, Head of school department in Bjørgvin Prison, Norway, and the Youth Unit; National coordinator for young prisoners since 2020.

Magnus Andre Rokne, Teacher in prison education since 2012; National coordinator for young prisoners since 2020.

Francesca Cooney, Head of Policy at the Prisoners’ Education Trust, a former prison inspector, specialising in inspecting women’s prisons; Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow.

The minutes can be found here

17 September 2020 – The group explored the topic Embracing Judicial monitoring – a new educational role for judges and magistrates.  The key speaker was HH Judge John Samuels QC.

23 June 2020 – The group was given a presentation from Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski on My experience of Educators in a secure environment. This was followed by a general discussion session.

21 April 2020 – The topic for discussion was Keeping Society Safe: The link between Education and Parole, introduced by Stefan Fafinski, Parole Chair and former Master of the Information Technologists.

7 January 2020 – The area of interest was first launched through a discussion group meeting in the Guildhall with presentations from Professor MJC Crabbe and HH Judge John Samuels QC. Notes of the event are available from the Clerk


The SIG ECJS events have mainly been via Zoom and recorded.

Please contact the Clerk on for access.


To be completed as SIG develops