What Can I Do?

On 10 May 2013 there were 83,151 people in prison – nearly double the number inside twenty years ago.  Many people in prison have pressing social needs and certain groups are disproportionately represented, including people who have spent time in care, those with no qualifications, people with mental health problems or learning disabilities, young adults and people from minority ethnic groups.

Overcrowding in 69 of the 124 prisons in England and Wales leaves many prisoners languishing in their cells and achieving nothing.  Nearly half of adults and about three-quarters of children leaving prison are proven to reoffend within a year of their release.  

Want to get involved in making things better?  Then look no further!

Since it was first published in 2002 by Pact and the Churches’ Criminal Justice Forum (CCJF), What Can I Do? has been the essential guide to volunteering in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.  With tens of thousands of copies distributed by Pact and the CCJF over the years, the guide is also one of the most popular downloads from the Prison Reform Trust website.  The Prison Reform Trust has now joined Pact to publish this fully updated, bumper third edition. 

Download What Can I Do? here, or contact us for a printed copy or a free DVD containing What Can I Do? and Where Do You Stand? (discussion tools about prisons and community sentencing) as well as the Prison Reform Trust’s popular short films, Talking Justice: Talking Sense and SmartJustice for Women,  which present the case for making prison a genuine last resort and explore the scope for community solutions to crime.  

The Prison Reform Trust would like to thank the Monument Trust, our supporters, partners and all contributors for supporting the Talking Justice programme to inform debate and equip people to get involved in improving outcomes in our criminal justice system.

For more information and to tell us what you think, contact us by email or call Katy Swaine Williams on 020 7689 7738