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From 2010-2015, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) has funded Travelling Fellowships with a particular focus on prison reform across the world. The Fellowships are the result of an innovative partnership between WCMT and the Prison Reform Trust. 

This briefing overview published today, authored by Jessica Jacobson and Helen Fair of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, highlights some of the learning from these Fellowships. This summary of what Fellows saw on their visits, and subsequent more detailed briefings, are being produced to inform the government’s prison reform agenda.

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Six in 10 women do not have homes to go to on release from prison, a report published today by the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison has found.

Home truths: housing for women in the criminal justice system, says that the failure to solve a chronic shortage of suitable housing options for women who offend leads to more crime, more victims and more unnecessary and expensive imprisonment.

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Debate on prison safety

15/09/2016 11:47:00

This afternoon (15 September) the House of Commons will debate the Justice Committee's report into prison safety.

Ahead of the debate the Prison Reform Trust has published a briefing for MPs and interested parties. The briefing highlights the shocking state of safety within our prisons and poses a number of questions and solutions for the government to restore decency and order.

Click here to download the briefing and click here to watch the debate from 1:30pm.

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Commenting on the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman's annual report published today, Peter Dawson, Director of the Prison Reform Trust, said:

"Reducing deaths used to be one of the success stories in our prisons. No longer. The situation has got dramatically worse and there are few signs of hope. Every part of the solution requires more time for staff—to build relationships, to train, to get the basics right. That means more staff or fewer prisoners—nothing less will do."

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