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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."

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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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Sep22 22/09/2016 00:01:00 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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