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Mar2 4 days ago by tony
The Safer Living Foundation has won the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation 2015. This innovative charity based at HMP Whatton works with sex offenders in prison and on release into the community to help reduce the risk of reoffending and prevent people becoming victims of sexual harm.
The second prize was awarded to Changing Paths Charitable Trust based at HMP Rochester. This small and ambitious charity provides work training and support and has placed nearly 400 offenders from all over the south east and London in to employment in the construction, retail and catering industries. read more...
Feb3 03/02/2015 23:53:00 by tony
Disproportionate restrictions on the temporary release of prisoners are undermining opportunities for effective resettlement and rehabilitation and leading to growing frustration and resentment behind bars, a new report by the Prison Reform Trust reveals.

For many people in prison, particularly those who are serving long sentences, the chance to experience ROTL and open prison conditions are a pivotal part of the process of rehabilitation. They allow people to take responsibility through work and volunteering, establish contact with families and sort out housing needs; factors which contribute to their safe management and supervision in the community on release. read more...
Jan29 29/01/2015 00:01:00 by alex

Fewer than one in 10 women released from a prison sentence of under 12 months managed to secure a ‘positive employment outcome’ within a year of release. This is three times worse than the equivalent figure for men, a new briefing published by the Prison Reform Trust reveals.

Welcome moves announced today (Thursday 29 January) by the Justice Minister Simon Hughes to prioritise women’s community provision and improve employment opportunities for women offenders need to be accelerated if women’s offending is to be effectively tackled.

Nearly half (45%) of women leaving prison are reconvicted within one year of release. Employment is vital to reducing risk of reoffending, but women offenders often face additional barriers to gaining work, including a lack of childcare support, lack of qualifications, low pay and the stigma of imprisonment.

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Jan5 05/01/2015 00:01:00 by alex

Too many women in the UK are still being sent to prison instead of receiving community sanctions and targeted support to address the causes of their offending, according to a leading women’s voluntary organisation.

The women’s prison population doubled between 1995 and 2010. Most women in prison serve short prison sentences for non-violent offences and many have themselves been victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. In 2011 the Soroptimist UK Programme Action Committee resolved to work with the Prison Reform Trust to reduce women’s imprisonment.

Now a wealth of information gathered by 139 Soroptimists clubs across the UK has been distilled into a report that is intended to spur national and local governments into action. The report recommends the development in England and Wales of a cross-government strategy for women’s justice, led by the Minister for Female Offenders. Recommendations for improvements to the oversight of women’s justice in Scotland and Northern Ireland are also highlighted.

Download the report by clicking here.

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Dec19 19/12/2014 11:04:00 by tony
Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for children and parents separated by imprisonment.
Approximately 200,000 children in England and Wales have a parent in prison. This is over three times the number of children in care and over five times the number of children on the Child Protection Register. Figures reveal that, in 2009, more than double the number of children were affected by the imprisonment of a parent than by divorce in the family.
Each year over 17,000 children are separated from their mothers by imprisonment.
Primary care responsibilities are a mitigating factor in sentencing guidelines but many parents, particularly lone mothers, are still being locked up for petty and non-violent offences.
No-one routinely monitors the parental status of prisoners in the UK or systematically identifies children of people remanded or sentenced to custody or simply asked who is looking after the children left behind and do they, and the children themselves, have the support they need. Justice ministers can and should put this right.

Read more about mothers and fathers in custody and prisoners’ children in the latest edition of the Bromley briefing prison factfile (page 32)

You can read the BBC Newsbeat story on prisoners' children by clicking here


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