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National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

Our aim is to ensure the arts are used within the criminal justice system as a springboard for positive change.

We represent a network of over 900 individuals and organisations that deliver creative interventions to support people in prison, on probation and in the community, with impressive results.

We support this transformative work by providing a network and a voice for all the talented and creative people who are committed to making great art with people in the criminal justice system.


Clinks State of the Sector 2023

​ ​ State of the Sector 2023 is live! The criminal justice voluntary sector has been mapped out, highlighting the changes over the past year. Clinks’ role is to support, […]

Clinks Thinks

Clinks Thinks sets out Clinks’ key principles, policy ambitions and recommendations, developed in consultation with voluntary sector organisations.

Creating Roots for well-being through art

This blog is guest written by Mark Jones. Mark is Director at Higher Plain and Visiting Professor of Criminology at University South Wales Contributing Authors with links to individual blogs [...]


World Art Day

15 April A celebration to promote the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art. Image credit: NCJAA presents Inspire 2023 – Jasmine Thompson

Prison education: what the evidence tells us

This is part of our “A matter of fact: what the evidence tells us” series, to accompany our Evidence Library, giving you the chance to ask your own questions of […]

North of England criminal justice forum

Tuesday 21 May 2024, 10:00 – 11:30 | Online This criminal justice forum has been organised to bring together partners working across the criminal justice system in the North of […]


Best practice in working with people with mental health problems on probation: what the evidence tells us

Part of the “A matter of fact: what the evidence tells us” series Monday 4 March 2024, Online, Free

Developing creative approaches in youth justice: A guide for youth justice professionals

Sandwell Youth Offending Service (YOS) and the Institute for Community Research and Development developed this good practice guide with the aim of helping others design and implement creative arts approaches [...]

Social prescribing in the criminal justice system – building the evidence base

This blog looks at the evidence for social prescribing, the approach being taken to support its growth across prisons and probation, and how you can get involved.