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Recognising The Remarkable

The Longford Prize celebrates the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations working in the field of prison reform.  It is awarded annually by the Longford Trust from nominations made by the public, and recognises qualities of humanity, courage, persistence and originality.  It is worth £5,000 and those honoured receive their awards (pictured above and designed by former Longford Scholar, Ben Levings) at the annual Longford Lecture.  Past winners include: Circles UK, The Clink, Inquest, Prisoners’ Abroad and HMP Grendon.

Prize Winner 2023

…was JENGbA (receiving their prize, right), campaigners for reform of joint enterprise laws. In their citation, the judges hailed its work with those convicted under joint enterprise laws, their families, and within the criminal justice system as “impactful, tireless and strategic”. Full citation


Judging Panel

Chaired by trustee and former prison governor John Podmore (right, with 2019 winner Jez Wright), it includes representatives of the Prison Reform Trust and New Bridge, journalist Mary Riddell, academic Jason Warr, philanthropist Kevin McGrath and Chloe Billington.

  • An annual award to outstanding individuals and groups
  • Prize money of £5,000
  • Judged by a distinguished panel
  • Presented on stage at the Longford Lecture

Past Winners