The Longford Prize

The Longford Prize

The Longford Prize

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The Longford Prize is an annual award presented to an organisation or individual working in the field of social or penal reform. It began in 2001 and is named in memory of Lord Longford, a British Labour Party politician and penal reform campaigner.

The Longford Prize is awarded annually by a prize committee on behalf of the trustees and patrons of the Frank Longford Charitable Trust. It is sponsored by The Independent newspaper and organised in association with the Prison Reform Trust. It recognises the contribution of an individual, group or organisation working in the area of penal or social reform who/which has shown outstanding qualities of humanity, courage, persistence and originality. The Prize is usually presented at the Trust's annual Longford Lecture.

The prize

The Longford Prize Winner is presented with a cheque for £1,000 whilst runners-up get £250. Both the winner and runners-up receive a certificate.


The Prize Committee is chaired by the novelist Judith Kazantzis Lord Longford's daughter, and judges include David Ramsbotham (formerly Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons), Juliet Lyon (Director of the Prison Reform Trust), Sir Peter Lloyd (former Minister for Prisons), and Peter Stanford (Director of the Frank Longford Charitable Trust). Former Prize Winners also often sit on the judging panel.


Nominations are judged on how the nominee has:
  • undertaken specific work in the field of social and/or community work;
  • undertaken specific......
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