Autism in the CJS is a project run by volunteers at Conviction. Our new online community platform aims to bring people and organisations together from different areas of the criminal justice system in an attempt to promote good practice, enforce real change and encourage collaboration through communication.
This service is run for and by you. There are separate private spaces for autistic people, their family and friends and also a professionals hub for those who may not wish to engage with others, or are unable due to their vetting and/or work.
Our mission is to improve criminal justice services for autistic adults by ensuring they receive the appropriate care, treatment and support within the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales.
Ryan Jarvis is the Founder and Project Manager for the Autism in the CJS community. Ryan has built our new community and is the go-to person whenever there is an issue with the technology side of things.
Rachael Smith acts as one of our valued Policy volunteers and has completed a lot of research and work to assist with the formation of the Autism in the CJS community.
Katie Schwarzmann also helps out with the community and has recently written a blog article on Appropriate Adults and detained persons rights when in police custody.
Shirley McNaught who is a member of the board for Conviction also supports the community in the form of working with local and national community groups, with a particular focus on making the Criminal Justice System better for autistic women who come from a BAME background.
The Autism in the CJS community is run by a small team of dedicated volunteers from the Conviction Team. We do not work regular hours, however always aim to have someone available each day to check in on messages and other correspondence.
Our usual working hours are Monday to Friday between the hours of 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm and 5 pm. (Some of our volunteers, and in particular, our founder often works late at night and sometimes at the weekend, so you may see activity at some strange hours on the platform.
Please feel free to get in touch with us on any of the following contact details
0161 528 1587
Autism in the CJS, PO Box 428, Manchester, M8 2FS
We would like to extend a big thank you to all our supporters and partners who have provided ongoing support, advice and guidance whilst taking on this big challenge.
A particular thank you to Shropshire Autonomy, the National Autistic Society Community, National Police Autism Association Members and representatives from the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons who have engaged with us and invited us to take part in their Neurodiversity in the Criminal Justice Review.