Prison Reform Trust at the political party conferences 2013

We will be hosting events in partnership with the Centre for Social Justice and the Criminal Justice Alliance entitled No More Revolving Door focusing on the Labour and Conservative parties' plans for rehabilitation in the run up to the next election.

No more revolving door: Getting the most out of the rehabilitation revolution

Speakers: Jeremy Wright MP, Minister for Prisons and Rehabilitation; Juliet Lyon CBE, director, Prison Reform Trust; Vicki Helyar-Cardwell, Director, Criminal Justice Alliance; and Antony Ross of Bridges Ventures, a social investment company.
Ed Boyd of the Centre for Social Justice will chair the event.

Date: Monday 30 September
Time: 1.30 – 2.30pm
Venue: Rochdale Suite, Jurys Inn Manchester, M1 5LE


No more revolving door: Labour's plans to rehabilitate offenders

Speakers: Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice; Juliet Lyon CBE, Director, Prison Reform Trust; Vicki Helyar-Cardwell, Director, Criminal Justice Alliance; and Antony Ross of Bridges Ventures, a social investment company.
Ed Boyd of the Centre for Social Justice will chair the event.

Date: Tuesday 24 September
Time: 12.30 – 1.30pm
Venue: Glyndebourne 1, Holiday Inn Brighton, BN1 2JF

These events are outside the conference secure zones and are open to the public without booking and do not require conference passes. We would be delighted if you could join us.


Keeping the Care not Custody Promise

The Prison Reform Trust is holding invite-only high-level roundtable discussions jointly with the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) at this year’s party conferences.
The government has given a commitment to roll out of national liaison and diversion services for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities in police custody and courts across England and Wales by 2014. It has given an initial £50 million towards the development of such schemes.
With good progress being made but less than a year to go before the delivery deadline, these roundtables will be an opportunity to explore the practical issues that need to be addressed to ensure the government keeps to its pledge.
The Care not Custody initiative was inspired by the tragic death by suicide of a young man with schizophrenia in Manchester prison, the son of a NFWI member. Since then the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) has worked in partnership with the NFWI to effect change. The Care not Custody Coalition, representing over one million people across the health, social care and justice sectors and wider civic society, was convened by the NFWI and PRT to support the government in keeping its ‘care not custody’ promise and to hold government to account for effective delivery.

Click here to read the Care not Custody party conference briefing

Due to strict limits on numbers these roundtable discussions are invite only.

If you are interested in attending these roundtable events please contact Mark Day, head of policy and communications,





The Prison Reform Trust Lecture 2012

Couldn't make it to the lecture? Watch live online here

Reforming Women's Justice

Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC
Chair, Commission on Women Offenders in Scotland

on Monday 26 November
at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

chaired by
Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws QC, FRSA

Dame Elish Angiolini is the former Lord Advocate of Scotland, the highest law officer in the Scottish legal system. Prior to this she was Solicitor General for Scotland. She was the first woman, and the first solicitor in the modern era, to hold either position. Dame Elish has been instrumental in contributing to reforms in the Scottish justice system, in particular making it more responsive to the victims of crime. In addition she supervised some of the most significant prosecutions in Scotland in the last decade and acted as the Scottish government’s legal advisor during a period of major change. Dame Elish most recently chaired the Commission on Women Offenders in Scotland, recommending a radical overhaul of the system. Most of the Commission’s recommendations have been accepted by the Scottish Executive and we will hear from Dame Elish about the opportunities and challenges ahead. Dame Elish is a visiting professor at Strathclyde University and an honorary professor at Aberdeen University, and was recently elected as Principal of St Hugh’s college, University of Oxford.

Baroness Helena Kennedy is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She has used many public platforms to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.

We are grateful for the kind support of the Pilgrim Trust for our strategy to reduce women's imprisonment, the Monument Trust for our outreach programme and Prison Reform Trust Friends, without whom we could not work so effectively to achieve change.