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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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Commenting on today's report by HM Inspectorate of Probation, Jenny Earle, Director of the Prison Reform Trust’s programme for reducing women’s imprisonment, said:
"Inspectors have confirmed what many have suspected—that tackling offending by women remains an afterthought in spite of a statutory duty on rehabilitation services to take account of their specific needs. Many of these women are mothers and their offending is often driven by addictions and past victimisation. The government already know the solutions, yet chronically under-invests in the services—including women centres, mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment and safe accommodation—that would help women to turn their lives around."
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.