This briefing provides a concise and informative explanation of the need to focus on reducing the imprisonment of women in England and Wales. It contains statistics on the number of women imprisoned, the characteristics of women in prison and the drivers to their offending, as well as information about community-based services and solutions.

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To commemorate the first 40 years of the Prison Reform Trust, an anniversary which we celebrate in September of this year, we have published a short history setting out our work and achievements.

Produced through the kind support of both the McGrath Charitable Trust and The Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund in the City of London, this short history details how the Prison Reform Trust has grown and adapted in response to the challenges set by its founders in 1981.

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CAPPTIVE, a collaborative project by the Prison Reform Trust and our Prisoner Policy Network, aims to describe life in prison under the Covid-19 pandemic.

Drawn from responses from 85 prisons this, the third CAPPTIVE briefing, examines the prison service’s response, precautions, routine health care, disabilities, well-being, mental health, self-harm, and what helped during the pandemic.

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'No life, no freedom, no future', written by Dr Kimmett Edgar, Dr Mia Harris and Russell Webster and kindly supported by the Persula Foundation and the Kowitz Family Foundation (UK) explores the experiences of people recalled whilst serving IPP sentences.

Its findings are based on new data provided by HM Prison and Probation Service on recalls and re-releases of people serving IPPs; interviews with 31 recalled IPP prisoners; and interviews and focus groups with a range of criminal justice practitioners including probation, parole and prison lawyers.

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Prisons, by their very nature, are likely to be associated with sadness, discomfort and deprivations. But with self-inflicted deaths over six times more likely to occur amongst prisoners than in the general population, it is a sad and troubling fact that they remain an enduring part of prison life.

By exploring distress in prison from the perspective of those who live there, and drawing from a range of other sources including television documentaries and podcasts, newspaper articles, academic and grey literature, this report focuses on how aspects of the prison environment can interact with well-known self-harm and suicide risk factors to either reduce or increase risk further.

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