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Emily Farley

Head of Criminal Justice, CSJ - The Centre for Social Justice
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I joined the CSJ’s policy team in July 2018. Since then, I have worked across a range of areas, including family, work and welfare, and criminal justice policy. I spent a year leading the CSJ’s research on disability policy, with a particular focus on widening access to the labour market for disabled people.

I now lead the CSJ’s Criminal Justice Unit where, amongst other things, we are working on a three year study looking at our prison and probation systems. We are interested in the impact of imprisonment on children and families in the community. We are also exploring how prisoners can access meaningful work on release. As a senior researcher in the unit, I contributed to the CSJ’s work on sentence reform, making the case for a new community-based sentence for the criminal courts.

Prior to joining the CSJ, I worked for a charity facilitating the resettlement of refugee families in communities across the UK. I also spent two years working in Parliament, researching and writing for a backbench MP.

It was during this time that I was struck by the work of small, place-based organisations tackling some of the country’s most challenging injustices. I greatly admired the CSJ’s desire to connect the grassroots with the corridors of power. I wanted to be a part of making that happen.