2022 Koestler Awards Announced

The 2022 Koestler Awards for the Arts in Criminal Justice Settings have been announced.  The competition started 60 years ago, and received entries this year from over 3,500 individuals from approximately 300 prisons, young offender institutions, secure hospitals, children’s homes and immigration removal centres across the categories of art, music, design and writing.

Congratulations to all the artists who created and submitted an entry and all the staff that support them.


Clinks State of the Sector Report 2021

Click here to view the report


BACO Newsletter February 2022

Read the latest BACO news and updates in the February newsletter here .



New Chapters – Reflections on a Literacy Project in HMYOI Aylesbury

The National Literacy Trust with a grant from the Rothschild Foundation has been working with the young men and staff in HMYOI, Aylesbury to encourage reading for pleasure and promote literacy. Ruth Farwell, BACO’s education and training lead and Camilla Soames BACO Chair were invited to attended the author’s sessions and in 2020 when the pandemic struck and stopped all third sector organisations entering the prison, the NLT changed tactics, establishing wing libraries and donating 3,200 books.  Read the report here and embrace the good news that the Rothschild Foundation is funding this project through to 2055.


Inside Time BACO Article

In August 2021 Inside Time published an article written by BACO Member, Rose Scrope. We are delighted that Bradley ‘B’, interviewed by Rose has agreed to be an Ambassador for BACO.  Bradley is now living and working as a Chef in Buckinghamshire.  Read the article here .


Criminal Justice Alliance 2021 Awards Announced

The CJA Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that are helping build a fair and effective criminal justice system.  See the full list of 2021 award winners here.

Many congratulations to them all and in particular to the Thames Valley Partnership.


Wingrave Open Gardens

A massive thank you to all those kind people who live in Wingrave who opened their gardens last weekend in aid of BACO and the wonderful Maggie’s centres, a fantastic £2,000 raised!



The end of Community Rehabilitation Companies 26th June 2021

Click here for more details from the online probation changes bulletin.


Prisoners raise funds for BACO 50th Anniversary Campaign

Thank you to all who took part in staff Car Wash at HMP Springhill and chose BACO as a recipient of their hard earned cash.


HMP Springhill BACO Prisoner Support Volunteer

May 2021


Update from Prison Library Manager HMP Springhill and HMP Grendon

Click here to read an update from Debbie Lovell, Prison Library Manager, HMP Springhill and HMP Grendon.