Butler Trust

Promoting excellence in UK prisons, probation and youth justice
  1. The dust may only just have settled on the Award Ceremony for last year’s winners, but nominations are now open for this year’s Awards! The Awards are presented by our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, and help give credit where it’s due to people who go above and beyond in their work in prisons, probation […]

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  2. After 102 prisons, 17 months, and 17,210 miles, meeting 2,067 officers, prisoners and managers, the Trust’s Director Simon Shepherd has finished his Good Book of Prisons tour, finding out about the good things going on across the closed estate in England & Wales. The aim of what’s been a very long journey was to show […]

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  3. 21 March 2019, St James’s Palace, London: The Butler Trust’s 34th Annual Award Ceremony, hosted by HRH The Princess Royal, took place on 21 March, in the State Rooms at St James’s Palace. The Princess presented 10 Awards and 20 Commendations to a total of 30 staff members and volunteers from prison and community justice settings throughout the UK, […]

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  4. The 2018-19 Butler Trust Award Winners and Commendees have just been announced. The Awards once again reflect some of the best – and often very moving – examples of the dedication, skill, and creativity found throughout the criminal justice system. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of the Trust, will present our Winners with […]

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  5. During a year in which prisons again made negative headlines, the Butler Trust’s Director, Simon Shepherd, has been quietly exploring the opposite: what’s positive about our prisons? In an ambitious undertaking, he’s visiting every closed prison in England and Wales to ask individual groups of prisoners, officers, and managers, an unusual question: “What’s good about […]

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