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.

Kate Paradine of WiP receives the prize from George The Poet

Prize Winner 2021

The winner of the £5,000 2021 Longford Prize is Women in Prison (WiP).

In their citation, the 2021 prize judges wrote:‘In our first ever Longford Prize awards, Women in Prison and its late founder Chris Tchaikovsky were highly commended. Twenty years on, we believe that this organisation has developed a remarkable resilience and effectiveness to go with that founding vision. It is a powerful force nationally, fighting passionately, practically and persuasively for both women’s centres as alternatives to prison, and for women behind bars and after release, as well as for their families, friends and loved ones. What it achieves has an impact on all prisoners in a system in serious need of reform.’

Head judge John Podmore with 2019 award winner Jezz Wright

Judging Panel

The judging panel is chaired by our trustee, former prison governor John Podmore, and includes representatives of the Prison Reform Trust and New Bridge, as well as writer and commentator Mary Riddell, former Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham, and academic Jason Warr.

  • 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