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Faith Spear FRSA is an independent Criminologist based in the UK.


Faith Spear

Her interest is in policy, criminal justice reform, offender management and Restorative Justice (RJ).

In November 2018, Faith was named one of 100 Suffolk’s Inspirational Women by Archant. Separately, in October 2018, Faith was named as one of 100 Most Inspirational Suffolk Women from the past and the present day by Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes, alongside notable Suffragettes such as Millicent Garrett Fawcett and Constance Andrews.

From March 2018 until November 2019 Faith was a trustee for Cleensheet, a charity which helps support ex-offenders into employment.

In November 2017, she became an associate member of The Corbett Network, a group with a mission to bridge the gap from custody to community by improving routes to employment, founded by Lady Val Corbett.

In April 2017, Faith was named a nominee for The Contrarian Prize.

Until January 2017, she worked with the Independent Monitoring Boards serving as Chairman of IMB at HMP and YOI Hollesley Bay, Suffolk.

Faith is part of the Reclaim Justice Network Steering Group.

She is a member of Howard League for Penal Reform, a member of Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) and a member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.

Faith is a trained Gateway Assessor for the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), a member of Prison Fellowship (PF) and a trained Group Facilitator for the Sycamore Tree programme.

Faith holds a BSc (Hons) in Criminology awarded by University of Essex and University of East Anglia.

She is married to Joseph and they have three children.



  1. Adam says:

    Dear Faith,
    As promised, hoping to send you details of our forthcoming production of Guys and Dolls in HMP Dartmoor (having chatted about it@LSE yesterday). I don’t have an email address for you. Mine: Do let me know if you’d like to come along…….

  2. Faith,you are an inspiration.Thank you For your involvement in criminal Justice

    • faithspear says:

      Thank you Mark, if something doesn’t seem right to me I like to ask questions. I’m tired of seeing wasted lives within the Prison system and fed up of all the excuses of why prisons are in a crisis. Too much talk too much brushing under the carpet and too little action. I like lifting up the carpets to see what is there!

  3. Sue Ronaldson says:

    Hi Faith I always knew you would be amazing. Crime is certainly a social problem and prisons fail the vulnerable who are placed there. Except for a few who can’t be rehabilitated into society putting people into prison is a failure, for the punished and society. I agree with you that restorative justice is vitally important in reducing crime and improving lives.

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