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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.

Alice Dawnay of Switchback

Prize Winner 2019

The winner of the £5,000 2019 Longford Prize was Switchback, which for over a decade has been supporting 18-30 year-old Londoners on the transition from prison back into the community . Those it works with are five times less likely to reoffend than other newly-released prisoners. “It enables lasting change through intensive one-to-one support, real-work training and a range of strategic partnerships,” our judges said, and “is a beacon of hope at a time when centrally-funded alternatives are in chaos”.

Jezz Wright with head judge John Podmore

Outstanding Achievement

The judges in 2019 made Outstanding Achievement awards to Jezz Wright of Wayout TV, for bringing education into the cells of 40 prisons, and Prison Reading Groups, on their 20th anniversary for supporting reading in jails – “a simple idea, done well”.

  • An annual award to outstanding individuals and groups
  • Prize money of £5,000
  • Includes a lifetime achievement award
  • Presented on stage at the Longford Lecture

Past Winners