User Voice is celebrating its 8th birthday today, Thursday 16th February.
Since the charity was founded in 2009, 12,964 prisoners have voted in 24 Council elections across the country. Currently, our Councils represent the views of 106,610 people in the Criminal Justice System.
In what has been a difficult period for the Criminal Justice System, 98.6% of service users felt that the User Voice Council had been a valuable experience for them, with 83.6% believing their work had helped improve staff-service user relationships.
Since 2009, we have also spoken to 14,752 people with lived experience of the Criminal Justice System as part of our consultations, including our report on the use of legal highs in prison which received widespread media coverage when published in June 2016.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our amazing Council members, staff, service providers and commissioners who have worked tirelessly over the last 8 years to help improve the criminal justice system by finding collective solutions.