Nov9 09/11/2016 10:42:00 by Zoey


Tom Guiney will be presenting at a Public Policy Exchange Symposium on "Reducing Women's Imprisonment: Developing Strategies at the National Level and Responding to the Needs of Female Offenders in the Local Community" on Wednesday 16 November.

Speaking alongside Tom, the panel members are:

  • Professor Azrini Wahidin, Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr Linda Moore, Ulster University
  • Dr Alison Frater, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Professor Annie Barlett, St Georges University of London
  • Lucy Baldwin, De Montfort University
  • Rod Clark, Prisoners' Education Trust
  • Paul Anders, Revolving Doors Agency
  • Paula Harriot, Revolving Doors Agency
  • Sara Hyde, Working Chance

The programme flyer can be found here.

Oct31 31/10/2016 12:19:00 by Zoey

Tom Guiney will be presenting at a panel discussion Women and criminal justice: why should we care? organised by the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.

 This event is part of the national ESRC Festival of Social Science. Tom will be presenting along with:

  • Laura Spink-Bates (Criminal Justice Women's Support Co-ordinator Open Road Visions)
  • Elisa Vasquez-Walters (Offender Manager at Essex Probation)
  • Sarah Day (Department of Sociology, University of Essex)
  • Angie Jenner (Department of Sociology, University of Essex)
  • Emma Milne, Chair (Department of Sociology, University of Essex)
  • Ruth Weir (Department of Sociology, University of Essex)

The Programme flyer can be accessed here.

All are welcome to attend. Book your place today. If you have any questions, contact Nigel South at


Oct31 31/10/2016 11:15:00 by Zoey

Jenny Earle will be speaking at the Halsbury's Law Exchange panel discussion, women in prison: is the justice system fit for purpose? on the 8 November.

Jenny will be joining Joshua Rozenberg QC (Chair), Legal Commentator and Journalist; The Rt Hon. the Lord Beith, House of Lords; John Cooper QC, 25 Bedford Row; Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, House of Lords, Chair of Justice; and, Vicky Pryce, Economist and Business Consultant.

The purpose of the event will be to:

  • Examine the way in which female offenders are treated by the sentencing system.
  • Consider whether there is a true, principled, case for reform.
  • Debate whether or not women ought to be treated differently to men and, if so, how that should be approached.

Jenny participated in the previous panel discussion in November 2014, details and panel members of that event can be found here.

To book your place please click here.

Oct27 27/10/2016 12:53:00 by Zoey

Local authorities have a crucial role to play in helping women get the support they need to stay out of trouble, according to a joint report by the Prison Reform Trust, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Centre for Mental Health, and the Education Policy Institute.

Local councils know and understand their communities. Their leadership can provide strategic oversight, and collaboration and coordination with other agencies to deliver necessary support to women in contact with, or on the edges of the criminal justice system. Existing partnerships bring together local organisations that have the means of transforming the lives of women and their families. This approach has the potential to make financial savings for local councils and improve outcomes for women and the wider community.

Sep29 29/09/2016 12:25:00 by Zoey

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."

Sep22 22/09/2016 10:25:00 by Zoey and Jenny

 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.