Clinks has published its State of the Sector report this week, looking at the current voluntary provision in the criminal justice sector.

Their press release says:

The report presents the best information we have on voluntary organisations working in criminal justice and highlights what we all need to do to ensure organisations can continue to make an important and lasting difference to people’s lives.

Our research finds that the basic needs of people in contact with the criminal justice system are increasingly unmet by statutory provision driving them into desperate situations, particularly if those people are protected under the Equalities Act (2010).

Charities and social enterprises are working relentlessly, in difficult circumstances, to support increasing numbers of people who are coming to them with more complex and urgent needs. They’re responding by developing and delivering new services and working in partnership to share knowledge and resources but increasing caseloads are putting staff and volunteers under pressure.

Alongside this the sector continues to face a challenging financial environment, where organisations are reliant on grants and are unlikely to meet their costs, while often having to subsidise services they are contracted to provide.

You can download the full report on the Clinks website.