Following Lord Corbett’s death in February 2012, the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) agreed with his family to establish a lasting and fitting memorial to his exceptional work in penal reform.
Robin Corbett was the respected chair of the Home Affairs Committee. For ten years he chaired the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group to which PRT, supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, provides the secretariat. We are pleased that Robin’s family approached PRT as the charity to develop and administer the new Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation.
The award, kindly supported by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, is for outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners done by a small charity or community group. It champions work that fosters personal responsibility. Robin Corbett had a developed interest in prisoners’ education and people in prison ‘learning through doing’.
The awards panel includes members of Robin Corbett’s family, an officer of the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group, the Prison Governors’ Association, a former prisoner and the Prison Reform Trust. Nominations are invited from prison governors and directors. The award (or awards) and the cash prizes are given in Parliament at a special meeting of the All Party Group.