Our flagship publication brings together the latest facts about prisons and the people in them.

Drawn largely from government statistics, and fully referenced, it provides an authoritative source of information on prison conditions. The evidence contained within it underpins our programmes and advocacy work to influence ministers and policy makers.

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It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This

01/12/2021 00:01:00

Life in most prisons is still a very long way from what anyone would consider “normal”, but the Ministry of Justice and HMPPS are actively considering what life in prison should be like in the future. There is little consensus in this debate which, as yet, has not been opened up for the formal consultation that is certainly required. We hope this report will help set the context for that wider consultation – it is not a substitute for it.

With this in mind, Prison Reform Trust (PRT) consulted with members of its Prisoner Policy Network (PPN) to explore what a future regime might look like.

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Most women received into prison are serving short prison sentences of less than 12 months. However, the small minority serving very long determinate or indeterminate sentences are often overlooked in advocacy debates and policy, meaning their experiences are not fully recognised. This briefing is the first in a series which will aim to shed light on the distinct experiences of these often ‘invisible women’ serving long determinate and indeterminate sentences.

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Long-term prisoners: the facts

04/10/2021 00:01:00

The last 20 years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people serving long prison sentences a new briefing published by the Prison Reform Trust reveals.

The briefing has been produced as part of the Prison Reform Trust’s Building Futures project, a five-year project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to explore the experiences of people who will spend 10 or more years in custody.

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In early June 2020, PRT launched CAPPTIVE with an appeal in Inside Time and Converse—prison newspapers—and on National Prison Radio. We asked people to tell us how the prison was managing under Covid-19.

Our fourth briefing from our series of CAPPTIVE project builds on self-reported experiences of 18 women in prison during Covid-19, and is supported with findings from families, prison staff, Independent Monitoring Boards, voluntary sector agencies, and social media. We have also drawn on the Short Scrutiny Visits (SSV) by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

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