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Dec4 04/12/2017 13:22:00 by Zoey
Women in prison have often been victims of much more serious offences than those of which they have been convicted, a new report published today by the Prison Reform Trust reveals.

The report is timely in light of the forthcoming Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill and development of the government’s strategy on women offenders. A draft version of the report was discussed at a high level PRT summit in October, chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Vera Baird and attended by the then-Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Sarah Newton MP.

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Nov20 20/11/2017 15:54:00 by
The Prison Reform Trust has published Triage and diversion: Getting it Right 24/7, the report of a seminar held with Police Scotland earlier this year to consider the benefits and opportunities of early interventions for women. The briefing will inform an event in Edinburgh on Monday 27 November entitled Creating A Diversion - ending unnecessary imprisonment and punishment of women in the criminal justice system. The event is organised by the Scottish Working Group on Women Offenders together with the Prison Reform Trust and WFI Justice for Women, supported by Community Justice Scotland.

You can download the report by clicking this link

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Nov7 07/11/2017 10:52:00 by Zoey

Why focus on reducing women’s imprisonment in Scotland – 2017 Update

On 6 November 2017 the Transforming Lives programme published an updated briefing that highlights the progress being made in Scotland to reduce the use of imprisonment for women’s minor offending. It contains key facts and figures on the numbers of women imprisoned in Scotland, the characteristics of women in prison and the drivers to their offending, as well as information about community based services and solutions. 

Download here

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Oct9 09/10/2017 13:21:00 by Zoey
Call for evidence

The Prison Reform Trust and Families Outside are working on a project looking at the impact on children when a mother goes to prison. Our final report will make recommendations for good practice so that the best interests of children are considered at all stages of the criminal justice system.

We would like to include the views of as many children and young people as possible. If you are working with children or young people (up to the age of 21) who have experience of a mother in the criminal justice system, we would love you to ask them some questions.

Please click here for the flyer below to read more or go direct to the questions here.

Please email responses to Anne Pinkman anne.pinkman@prisonreformtrust.org.uk by Tuesday 31 October 2017.

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Aug31 31/08/2017 10:07:00 by Zoey

Black and mixed ethnicity women are more than twice as likely as white women in the general population to be arrested, according to a new report published today (31 August) by the Prison Reform Trust.

Black women are also more likely than other women to be remanded or sentenced to custody, and are 25% more likely than white women to receive a custodial sentence following a conviction, the report reveals. Black, Asian and minority ethnic women make up 11.9% of the women’s population in England and Wales, but account for 18% of the women’s prison population.

This report, Counted Out, is timely and has been submitted to the Lammy review ahead of its launch in September, to highlight the overlooked inequalities experienced by many Black, Asian and minority ethnic women in the criminal justice system.

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Jul20 20/07/2017 11:31:00 by Zoey

A report on the ‘Sentencing of Parents’ discussion hosted by the Scottish Sentencing Council as part of their programme to increase awareness and understanding of all aspects of sentencing has been made available online.

Prison Reform Trust attended this event with Families Outside, Together, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and the Sentencing Group for Northern Ireland. Dr Shona Minson from the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University and also representing the Prison Reform Trust gave a presentation on the sentencing of primary carers, available here.

The Council will now consider the issues raised in the discussion, such as:

  • how parental caring responsibilities should be taken into account during the sentencing process
  • to what extent such responsibilities should influence sentencing decisions
  • how other jurisdictions have addressed this issue
  • whether there may be a role for the court to seek additional information about children who may be affected by sentencing decisions.

Read the full report.

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