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Sep22 4 days ago by alex

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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Sep15 15/09/2016 11:47:00 by alex

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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Sep8 08/09/2016 15:48:00 by alex

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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Aug16 16/08/2016 00:01:00 by alex

Commenting on the publication of today's report on HMP Chelmsford by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, director of the Prison Reform Trust, Peter Dawson said:

“This depressingly familiar report contains some important lessons for prison reform.  A prison built for 550 people holds 150 people more than it should, which is roughly the number the inspectors find locked behind their door. Accommodation that is modern and fit for purpose produces better results than when it’s nearly 200 years old. Too many prisoners housed in overcrowded, outdated establishments equals the failing system we currently have. Fewer prisoners and sensible investment equals a large part of the solution.”

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Jul28 28/07/2016 00:01:00 by alex

Commenting on the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman’s bulletin on prisoners with dementia, Peter Dawson, Incoming Director of the Prison Reform Trust, said: 

“This report highlights in distressing detail how imprisonment for many old, disabled people can amount to a double punishment. Prisoners are entitled to the same care in prison as they would receive in the community. They should not be subject to inhumane or degrading treatment due to a lack of preparedness by the prison service. The cross-party Justice Committee, the independent Prisons Inspectorate, and now the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, have called on the government urgently to develop a national strategy to deal with the rapidly growing numbers of elderly and infirm people behind bars. The new justice secretary should heed their advice.”

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