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Oct26 26/10/2016 11:00:00 by alex

Today (26 October) the House of Commons Justice Committee published its report on the treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system. The committee agreed that there is a strong case for a distinct approach to this group, one which takes account of levels of maturity and brain development at all stages of the criminal justice system, from arrest through to sentencing, community and custodial provision and resettlement.

The Prison Reform Trust is a member of the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance. You can read PRT’s submission to the committee's inquiry by clicking here.

Commenting on the report, Alex Hewson, policy and communications officer at the Prison Reform Trust, said:

“A justice system which throws young people off a cliff edge on their 18th birthday, and expects them to fend for themselves in the adult system when they are still maturing and often vulnerable, is not one that is set up to deliver for offenders, victims or local communities. This report from the cross-party justice committee offers a clear endorsement of the importance of taking account of maturity at all stages of the criminal justice system and a comprehensive blueprint for reform.”

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Oct17 17/10/2016 12:27:00 by alex

Ahead of tomorrow's (18 October) House of Lords debate on the Children and Social Work Bill, the Prison Reform Trust has produced a short briefing for Peers outlining the key areas of the bill and tabled amendments.

You can read a copy of the briefing by clicking here.

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Oct4 04/10/2016 09:45:00 by alex

This month has seen a welcome focus on the performance of resettlement and supervision services for people in the community, following one of the biggest shakeups of probation in its history. 

The Public Accounts Committee published the findings of their inquiry; the Criminal Justice Joint Inspection published their report into resettlement support for short sentenced prisoners; and BBC Radio 4's File on 4 heard from families who have lost loved ones and have struggled to find answers; staff who are concerned that the service has been split in two, and Joy Doal at Anawim women's centre in Birmingham raised concerns that many vulnerable women were being recalled to prison for breaching probation orders, following short sentences for minor offences.

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Sep30 30/09/2016 00:01:00 by alex

From 2010-2015, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) has funded Travelling Fellowships with a particular focus on prison reform across the world. The Fellowships are the result of an innovative partnership between WCMT and the Prison Reform Trust. 

This briefing overview published today, authored by Jessica Jacobson and Helen Fair of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, highlights some of the learning from these Fellowships. This summary of what Fellows saw on their visits, and subsequent more detailed briefings, are being produced to inform the government’s prison reform agenda.

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Sep29 29/09/2016 11:18:00 by alex

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."

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