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Comment and Analysis

Aug11 11/08/2016 11:59:00 by Jenny Earle

In his online Guardian article ‘Women are dying in jails they should not have been sent to’, Eric Allison draws attention to the shocking surge in women’s deaths in prison, and calls for Government action to ‘stem the tide’.

Jenny Earle blogs about how now is the opportunity for Government to establish a women's centre on the site of HMP Holloway.

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Aug2 02/08/2016 13:05:00 by Zoey

Sirin Kale writes for Vice magazine about the recent news story of a women being refused pants and sanitary products  for days at a Kentucky Jail.

Prison Reform Trust Programme Director Jenny Earle comments in the article that "because women are a small minority of those involved in the criminal justice system, their particular needs are often not met.These include mental health needs—often because women have been the victims of childhood sexual abuse or domestic violence—as well as support for exiting violent or coercive relationships, and addiction issues."

Jenny also informs the reporter that Rule Five of the UN Bangkok Rules (of which the USA is a signatory)  specifies that "The accommodation of women prisoners shall have facilities and materials required to meet women's specific hygiene needs, including sanitary towels provided free of charge."

Read the article online here.

A handy guide to the Bangkok Rules produced by Penal Reform International can be accessed here.

Aug1 01/08/2016 15:50:00 by Yvonne & Zoey

On 20 June, Prison Reform Trust convened a roundtable to discuss women in Scotland on custodial remand.

The event was held at the University of Strathclyde and chaired by Professor Nancy Loucks OBE, from our partner organisation Families Outside. PRT's incoming Director Peter Dawson welcomed all participants, and a presentation was given by both Professor Michele Burman on the current landscape of remand in Scotland and Dr Hannah Graham on electronic monitoring as an alternative to custody for women in Scotland.

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Jun21 21/06/2016 10:13:00 by Jenny Earle

On 15 June 2016 the Prison Reform Trust held a high level seminar on the topic of Justice Reinvestment for Women.

The value of a justice reinvestment strategy for women, which would see funding redirected from prisons into local services, was discussed by Professor Julie Stubbs from the University of New South Wales and Professor Michele Burman from the University of Glasgow.  

The event was Chaired by Juliet Lyon and was attended by a broad cross section of researchers, penal reformers, government officials and women’s organisations. 

Read our blog by Programme Director Jenny Earle below.

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Jun13 13/06/2016 11:56:00 by Zoey

We are delighted to be working with User Voice as part of our three-year programme to reduce women's imprisonment. The aim of this partnership is to help ensure that the voices and experiences of women who have direct experience of the criminal justice system inform the Transforming Lives strategy.

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Jun7 07/06/2016 15:26:00 by Zoey

Danielle Aumord speaks to Mandy Ogunmokum, from the supported housing project Treasures  and Jenny Earle about what needs to change to improve access to housing when leaving prison.

This Inside Housing article is particularly timely as the recent HMP Bronzefield Inspectorate report found that 103 women left Bronzefield last year with no fixed address, and 34% of interviewed women didn’t know of anyone in the prison that could help them with accommodation on release.

Read Danielle Aumord's article for Inside Housing featuring Jenny Earle here