Recycling Lives charity leader named Criminal Justice Champion

Recycling Lives’ charity Chief Executive has been named as a national Criminal Justice Champion.

Alasdair Jackson was recognised by The Howard League at its Community Awards on November 14.

Alasdair leads the charity and social enterprise teams and has delivered the impressive growth of Recycling Lives’ leading offender rehabilitation programme, which is the most successful of its kind in the UK.

Awards bosses said they were particularly impressed by Alasdair and Recycling Lives’ bold ambition to one day close a prison, by rehabilitating enough offenders and reducing reoffending significantly.

He is recognised by prison governors, politicians and peers as a leading voice in the criminal justice sector, with a ‘no nonsense’ approach to offering opportunities for ex-offenders to improve their life chances.

The HMP Academies and Release Potential programmes offer offenders and ex-offenders opportunities for training, employment, accommodation and bespoke personal support. 

It records unrivalled results for reducing reoffending. In the last year, 63 of the 66 ex-offenders released from its HMP Academies were rehabilitated and supported into employment and housing - a reoffending rate of less than 5%, compared to the national average of around 67%.

Alasdair was one of three Criminal Justice Champions to be handed an award at The Howard League’s annual Policing The Community conference in London. Criminal justice campaigner Lady Edwina Grosvenor and Linda Bryant, chief executive of Together for Mental Wellbeing, were also recognised for their work in the sector.

He said: “I’m humbled to be recognised with this award. Recycling Lives is an incredible organisation and I’m proud to work with our team every day. We’ll keep growing, helping men and women turn their lives around to fulfil our ambition of closing a prison.”