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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


PAG-lecture-0911152015 Lecture – “Last-Minute Peace Treaty to Memory of the World – bewitched by Magna Carta for 800 years”

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



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