New Book: What role do kindness, hope & compassion play in the criminal justice system?

Does this question inspire you to want to write about your experience in the CJS (a a person with lived experience,  a practitioner, an academic, a policy maker or just someone interested in the Criminal Justice System.)? We want to hear from you!

Khulisa is part of The Monument Fellowship, a collective of organisations, each funded through the legacy grants of the Monument Trust. Through the Fellowship we work together to create a body of works which will provide a legacy for the criminal justice work of the Trust. We pose a question each year which we collect contributors’ answers to. Last year’s book, Crime and Consequence, was curated by Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance.

Each year the Monument Fellowship asks a question to encourage positive disruption amongst our networks on how to improve the criminal justice system.

Khulisa will be curating the 4th edition of the Monument Fellowship book. Our question for 2019-2020 is:

"What role do kindness, hope & compassion play in the criminal justice system?

We are now actively seeking contributions to this year’s book and particularly welcome disruptive, creative and innovative ideas. Whether you’d like to write an essay, a poem, share some art work or express your thoughts on this subject through any other creative medium, we’d like to hear from you!

We are asking all potential contributors to get in touch with us at by the 7th of February 2020 with a short abstract of 200-250 words sharing their thoughts on the role of kindness, hope & compassion in the criminal justice system.

The deadline for the final contributions (2000-2500 words or equivalent) is the 30th of April 2020.

If you feel daunted about writing a 200-250 word abstract, but are still keen to share your experience and your perspective?  Please do still contact us. We may be able to help you share your perspective, without making this a daunting writing task!

If you have any specific questions about this project, please get in touch with our Research and Programme Coordinator, Iman Haji, at


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