KeyRing and the Criminal Justice System

KeyRing is working with the Criminal Justice System to help offenders with a Learning Disability.

A hand holding a wooden gavel 

KeyRing has been involved in work in the Criminal Justice System for several years. We have worked with the Prison Reform TrustBemix (formerly The Skillnet Group), the Department of Health and NHS England on Learning Disability projects relating to offenders with learning disabilities.

Finding the right package of support for someone with a learning disability can be the key to turning their life around. This is true for those people with a learning disability who find themselves in the Criminal Justice System.

KeyRing Members and others form the Working for Justice group. This Group helps the criminal justice system to support people with learning disabilities. The Group won the National Learning Disabilities Award (2014) for their work making the system more accessible.  


Useful links 

The 'Working for Justice' group

Find out about the work of this group of people with learning disabilities and experience as suspects, defendants or offenders in the criminal justice system. 

Easy Read in the Criminal Justice System

Find out more about Easy Read in the Criminal Justice System. 


Find out about the Learning Disability Awareness training that KeyRing delivers to the Criminal Justice System and other useful resources.

Other Criminal Justice work

Find out about other areas of Criminal Justice work that KeyRing is involved with.  


Women with Learning Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System

KeyRing is working with the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) on the Transforming Lives project. We’ve been undertaking some qualitative research into women with learning disabilities who come into contact with the Criminal Justice System. These women often find their additional needs are unmet, meaning they are unable to make full use of available services. Consequently, they are likely to remain in contact with Criminal Justice Services for longer.

As part of the Transforming Lives project, PRT interviewed three women, including Kim from KeyRing’s Working for Justice Group. Click here to hear the women talking their experiences


Danny's story...

Danny was sent to prison originally for not paying a fine. This led him into a criminal lifestyle, in which he served a total of 22 years and 9 months in prison for various offences. Danny struggles to read or write. Once stuck in the cycle of crime, unsupported, Danny continued to struggle with communication and was unable to understand the demands involved in setting himself up in the community.

39 years after his first offence, Danny joined his local KeyRing Living Support Network. The support this group offered him has allowed him to create a life for himself and he has not offended since joining this Network 8 years ago. The support given amounts to just a couple of hours a week, helping with paperwork, maintaining a tenancy and being involved in the community.

Click here to hear Danny talk about his personal experiences to The Prison Reform Trust.


Justice For All?

Access Magazine, a lifestyle magazine focused on learning and physical disabilities, published an article concerning the treatment of people with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system. The article includes a case study from a KeyRing and Working for Justice group Member who, through no fault of his own, experienced life on the wrong side of the law.

These eye opening stories cause us to take action, to push for equality and fair treatment for everybody in all aspects of society, including those within the criminal justice system.

To read Justice For All? - Learning Disabilities and The Law (April 2014) click here.


For more information on any of the Criminal Justice work mentioned in these pages please email