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.  It is sponsored by the McGrath Charitable Trust.


Charlotte Weinberg and Gus Augustine of Safe Ground with Ken Loach and Jon Snow

Prize Winner 2017

The winners of the 2017 Longford Prize was  Safe Ground, which has been working with prisoners through drama, dialogue and debate  since 1993. It has, our judges said, “an outstanding and independently-verified record of reaching the angry young men who both commit and are victims of crime”.


David Jolie with trustee Hannah Billington

Outstanding Achievement

The judges made two awards for Outstanding Achievement in 2017: to the “hugely impressive” Niki Gould, head of women’s community services at the Nelson Trust; and to David Jolie of St Giles Trust for his work “engaging with those who have fallen through every other safety net”.


  • 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