PRT maintains a high public profile for prison reform. We have gained coverage, not only in every national and the major regional newspapers, but also in local papers across the country and specialist publications.

Broadcasting has been equally comprehensive. As well as regularly appearing on flagship news programmes such as Today, 5Live, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Newsnight and BBC Breakfast, PRT has contributed to discussion on the the Alan Titchmarsh Show, Woman’s Hour, the One Show and regional phone-ins and discussion programmes.

Over the last year the Prison Reform Trust has pursued every channel to make the case for prison reform to government and political parties. We have made substantive submissions to numerous government consultations on future policy relevant to offenders and former offenders, ranging from health to welfare reform. The Bromley Briefing Prison Factfile is greatly used by parliamentarians when holding the prison system to account. We know from feedback and Hansard monitoring when a briefing has been helpful. By monitoring and reporting on developments in the penal system, the Prison Reform Trust continues to perform an important role in bringing to light information for public and parliamentary debate.

 

 

 

listen to Juliet Lyon on Woman's Hour

Only half of all women on remand in prison receive visits from their family, and the figures are no better for those who see their children while in jail. With only 13 female prisons in the country many women are forced to serve their sentences far from home and contact with their family often breaks down as a result. PRT believes the answer is to impose custodial sentences on fewer women, many of whom serve only a very short time in jail.

Woman's Hour spoke to a former prisoner about her experiences and to Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust.

You can listen to it by clicking this link