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Comment and Analysis

Apr20 20/04/2018 10:52:00 by Zoey

BBC Online published an excellent article on 16 April by Melissa Hogenboom about the histories of trauma, abuse and unmet mental health needs affecting so many women in prison -  the PRT Transforming Lives team was pleased to help with the research for this. View the article here.

Mar20 20/03/2018 12:27:00 by Zoey
Kuba Shand-Baptiste from the Pool spoke to PRT Programme Director, Jenny Earle and PRT Associate Sarah Beresford about the impact of maternal imprisonment on children as well as hearing from women with first hand experience of being away from their children on Mother's Day.

Jenny states that “a lot more children are affected by fathers' imprisonment”, the fact remains that “if a mother is sent to prison, the impact on a child is much more intense as a whole”.

Sarah Beresford spoke about our 'What about me?' project about the short- and long-term impact on children who have experiened their mother being imprisoned.

Read the full article here.
Dec18 18/12/2017 15:57:00 by Sarah Beresford
Back in September, I was asked to speak at the For Fangers Pårørende[i] (FFP) conference in Oslo. FFP is an organisation working with families and friends of prisoners in Norway, and this year’s conference was entitled, ‘Having a parent in prison: the way children see it.’ I’ve attended, and spoken at, many conferences about children affected by imprisonment, but what really impressed me about this one was that most of the speakers were children - the very people who know exactly what it is like to have a parent in prison.

Aug30 30/08/2017 11:55:00 by Zoey

Jenny Earle, Programme Director, spoke to The Big Issue about the problems facing women when they leave prison and the gaps in provision to help women rebuild their lives and reduce the liklihood of reoffending.

Jul13 13/07/2017 10:43:00 by Zoey

Women with poor mental health are being imprisoned unnecessarily. Some never make it out.

Heather Saul from iNews, spoke to Jenny Earle, Programme Director, and Dr Kimmett Edgar, Head of Research, about the 12 self-inflicted deaths in women's prisons in 2016.

Jun2 02/06/2017 16:23:00 by Zoey

The Prison Reform Trust’s Active Citizens programme seeks to promote opportunities for prisoners to take on responsibility, engage in constructive work, and contribute to the life of the prison community.

The format is simple: the Prison Governor identifies a ‘problem’ for a working group of prisoners to work through and address, with facilitation from Prison Reform Trust staff.

Back in February, my colleague and I were set a task from a Governor at a women’s prison, to run four working groups with ten women to assess ‘how they can make the prison a community’. This was chosen as the Governor and his team recognised that to improve prison conditions, you must involve the people living in them.