Lord Ramsbotham was HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales 1995 to 2001. He is the co-chair of the All Party Penal Affairs Group and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Learning & Skills in the Criminal Justice System. He is President of UNLOCK, The National Association of Ex-Offenders and an Ambassador for the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT). He has been an active supporter using his political influence in the House of Lords.