The Criminal Justice Programme
The Foundation commissioned two pieces of research “A prison within a prison” (2014) and “The language barrier to rehabilitation” (2016), both of which highlight the major impact language can have on the experiences of individuals in prison. The research also highlights a lack of data around this for offenders both in prison and in the community.
The Foundation’s partnerships and research have found that individuals with English as an Additional Language are often an ‘invisible population’, especially in prison. The Foundation is now investigating through partners how the English language barrier impacts an individual’s experiences and outcomes from their interaction with the criminal justice system, whether as a victim, offender, defendant, or witness.