Criminal Justice & Social Investment | Big Society Capital
Criminal justice
& social investment
Midlands Together
Investment Director
Investment Associate

We focus on the individuals who have been affected by the criminal justice system where we see there is significant potential for social investment to contribute to solutions that transform lives.

Individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system having committed crime typically have a series of multiple and complex needs. Amongst others, these include combinations of family breakdown, depression, exclusion, unemployment, homelessness, poverty and poor physical health. In addition, some groups have specific needs in this context, such as women.

Social investment can help to create change for those affected by the criminal justice system in a number of ways. It can

  • Promote innovation. Where interventions need to develop a track record, it can help build an evidence base, focus on the data and recycle the learning to drive service improvement
  • Encourage earlier intervention, especially through outcomes-based solutions
  • Create scale, by replicating existing models, or bringing in additional funds to address a shortfall
  • Support commercial business models, especially those looking to provide training or employment to people leaving prison

There are numerous examples of emerging models that are ready to take on social investment including:

Latest blogs, research and news

Blog | 19 May 2015
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Blog | 29 April 2015
Continuing our series of guest blogs, Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22, looks at how social investment can...
Blog | 18 March 2015
Continuing our series of guest blogs, Richard Nicol from Midlands Together talks about the difference social investment...

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Social Investment Insights

Research | 12 January 2015

This Social Investment Insights paper focuses on how social investment can be used to support the criminal justice sector.