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Our Prizes Start With Your Nominations

The starting point for the Longford Prize is the nominations you send in, whether you are a member of the public, or a colleague, supporter or beneficiary of the work in the field of prison reform done by the individual, group or organisation you want to bring to the judges’ attention. Set out in 1000 persuasive words why individuals like Marina Cantacuzino of the Forgiveness Project, 2014 winner (pictured above), meet our criteria of humanity, courage, persistence and originality. And do include some testimonies from those who have benefitted from the work.

Who Decides?

The judging panel includes representatives of the Prison Reform Trust and New Bridge. It is chaired by our trustee John Podmore, a former prison governor, and includes journalist Mary Riddell (right) and from its inception in 2002 the former Chief Inspector of Prisons David (Lord) Ramsbotham (1934-2022).

The Prize Statuette

Made by one of our former Longford Scholars, Ben Levings, who graduated in stonemasonry, from stainless steel, glass and yew, the prize statuette given to winners shows the lock indicator on UK prison doors. It represents the door unlocked, transparency and reflection, all qualities that are celebrated by the Longford Prize.

“We hope that the Longford Prize will also stimulate debate and discussion on many of the complex issues addressed by nominees. Recognising courage, humanity, persistence and originality through the Longford Prize brings to the fore many of the best contributions regularly being delivered in the field.”

John Podmore, ex-prison governor and chair of judges

How To Nominate