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Jun14 14/06/2016 18:09:00 by Zoey

Today the Prison Reform Trust publishes a proposal for the establishment of a women’s centre on the site of the existing visitors centre at HMP Holloway, which is due to close later this month.

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Jun10 10/06/2016 10:42:00 by Zoey


The Griffins Society runs a Research Fellowship Programme that gives practitioners working in criminal justice and allied fields the chance to influence how the criminal justice system works with women and girl offenders and those at risk of offending.  

Recent publications are:

Tamara Pattinson's "Prison as a Place of Safety", which examines whether prison is being used as a 'place of safety' for women who have complex mental health needs and deemed in need of 'protection' from themselves.

Jean O'Neill's "Time After Time: A Study of Women's Transitions from Custody", which stems from Jean's work as a manager with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) with particular responsibility for the INSPIRE Women's Project. The research explores the transition of women from prison into the community through the women’s own account.

Mar21 21/03/2016 13:52:00 by Zoey

Yvonne Donald, Programme Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland will be speaking at a 'Women in the Criminal Justice System' event on Wednesday 11 May in Edinburgh organised by Holyrood Magazine. Yvonne will be reviewing the progress that has been made so far in implementing the Angiolini Commission recommendations as well as looking at the areas that need more attention and effort.

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Mar8 08/03/2016 13:42:00 by Zoey
The Prison Reform Trust has long called for a reduction in women’s imprisonment in the UK and a step change in how the criminal justice system responds to the needs of women and the drivers to their offending.

Following the announcement that HMP Holloway, the largest women's prison in Europe, is to close, director of the Prison Reform Trust, Juliet Lyon, joined Baroness Corston on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour to discuss how much progress has been made in reforming women's justice. Presenter, Jane Garvey visited HMP Styal and Stockport Women's Centre to hear first hand from women there. You can listen to the show by clicking here.

To mark International Women's Day (8 March) we brought together some of the latest developments in our Transforming Lives programme.

Find out about our new women's justice site, our latest briefings and blogs and hear our director Juliet Lyon at the Southbank Centre's WOW – Women of the World festival.

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Mar7 07/03/2016 15:38:00 by Zoey

Jenny Earle will be speaking at the upcoming 'Women in the Criminal Justice System - Past, Present and Future' conference organised by the University of Essex on Friday 15 April, 10.00 - 18.00 at the Royal Statistical Society, London.

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Feb15 15/02/2016 16:16:00 by Zoey

On Wednesday 10 February Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP delivered a speech at a packed workshop in Edinburgh on Women and Criminal Justice in Scotland, jointly organised by the Prison Reform Trust and the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum, to review progress towards implementing the Angiolini Commission recommendations to reduce the unnecessary imprisonment of women in Scotland.

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