Penal Affairs Group
‘ …….. I was in prison and you came to me.’
(Matthew 25 v 36)
This group has been formed to provide a focus for criminal justice issues in the diocese and to form a network of Christians within it, who share a concern for these issues. Commitment, in the first instance, is to:-
- Informing ourselves about criminal justice issues and relating them to our faith / theology,
- Informing others and raising awareness within the diocese, including providing prayer / study materials and in-put to Continuing Ministerial Education,
- Telling congregations about opportunities that exist to help practically, in order to recruit volunteers from across the diocese,
- Having a voice in the political environment and bringing pressure to bear on policy-makers,
- Building partnerships with bodies such as HACRO (Hertfordshire Assocation for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) that share our concerns,
- Linking up with similar groups in other dioceses (where they exist), with church-based groups at the national level and ecumenical groups, nationally or locally.
For further details or any queries, please contact the office: PAG Group
On Monday 9th November 2015 – at The Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, University of Herts, from 6.15pm onwards:
- address from Robert Key, Chairman of Salisbury Cathedral’s Magna Carta 800th anniversary committee – download event poster here: Last Minute Peace Treaty – Poster ,
- Open to the public – admission is free – do please register in advance: Register . Confirmation of your booking and a parking permit will be sent electronically to pre-registered guests.
- Further details from Simon Baynes – Group Secretary, Penal Affairs Group.
Previous events included:
800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta Lecture at St Albans Cathedral – June 2015
Andy Bliss QPM, Chief Constable of Hertfordshire, gave an address, entitled: ‘From the Court of King John to crime on the web – 800 years of keeping the Queen’s Peace’.
Download flyer (image left) here: Magna Carta lecture 150615
2014 Annual Lecture – “What should we do with boys like Luke?”
Nick Hardwick CBE – HM Chief Inspector of Prisons – addressed the subject of prevalent attitudes towards child offenders – for more info. dowload – Lecture Poster