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Oct17 17/10/2016 12:27:00 by alex

Ahead of tomorrow's (18 October) House of Lords debate on the Children and Social Work Bill, the Prison Reform Trust has produced a short briefing for Peers outlining the key areas of the bill and tabled amendments.

You can read a copy of the briefing by clicking here.

Oct4 04/10/2016 09:45:00 by alex

This month has seen a welcome focus on the performance of resettlement and supervision services for people in the community, following one of the biggest shakeups of probation in its history. 

The Public Accounts Committee published the findings of their inquiry; the Criminal Justice Joint Inspection published their report into resettlement support for short sentenced prisoners; and BBC Radio 4's File on 4 heard from families who have lost loved ones and have struggled to find answers; staff who are concerned that the service has been split in two, and Joy Doal at Anawim women's centre in Birmingham raised concerns that many vulnerable women were being recalled to prison for breaching probation orders, following short sentences for minor offences.

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Sep30 30/09/2016 00:01:00 by alex

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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Sep29 29/09/2016 11:18:00 by alex

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."

Sep23 23/09/2016 00:01:00 by alex

Commenting on today's report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee into Transforming Rehabilitation, Peter Dawson, Director of the Prison Reform Trust said:

"No one should be surprised that a rehabilitation revolution is struggling to get off the ground in our overcrowded, unsafe local prisons.

Transforming Rehabilitation was always a complicated way to solve the problem of high re-offending rates by short-term prisoners. The best solution remains to punish these people in the community."

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