Penny Parker is a criminologist with a key focus on the transformational power of restorative justice. She is currently working with the Prison Reform Trust on care reform, and teaches on a victim-awareness programme.
Penny Parker became an Eden Trustee in June 2015. She is a criminologist involved in a number of prison-related projects. Her particular interest is in restorative justice and since 2005 she has been a tutor on Prison Fellowship’s Sycamore Tree Course, a victim-awareness programme that teaches the principles of restorative justice. Prisoners on the programme explore the wider impact of crime and what it means to take responsibility. The course is highly motivational and can transform attitudes and expectations. Penny has been invited to speak on the subject at a number of conferences including in Europe.
In 2015 she acted as Interim Chief Executive of Prison Fellowship and was previously a trustee of the organisation. She is also working with the Prison Reform Trust in relation to the Care not Custody initiative which looks to ensure diversion from or appropriate support through the criminal justice system for those with mental health needs, learning disabilities or autism.