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Comment and Analysis

May17 17/05/2017 14:10:00 by Zoey

The Government’s White Paper on Prison Safety and Reform published in November 2016 promised that a strategy setting out how we will improve the treatment of female offenders in custody and community” would be published in 2017.

In response to a ‘call for evidence’ from the Ministry of Justice, earlier in May we submitted our proposals for a comprehensive programme of reforms that would deliver better outcomes for women, their families and communities.  Read our evidence here.
May4 04/05/2017 10:38:00 by Zoey

Dr Kay Richmond, Chair of the Soroptimist International UK Programme Action Committee and member of Prison Reform Trust's Transforming Lives Advisory Group has blogged about the work Soroptimist clubs have been doing across the UK to disseminate the Transforming Lives (2014) report findings.

Kay discusses future work with Prison Reform Trust to help change the way women’s minor offending is addressed across the UK; focusing more on community-based solutions with an emphasis on diversion out of the criminal justice system, and on appropriate help for women in addressing the causes of offending.

Read Kay's blog here.
Mar24 24/03/2017 16:43:00 by Zoey

On the 3 November 2016, the Ministry of Justice published a White Paper ‘Prison Safety and Reform’ setting out the government’s vision for reform of the prison estate in England and Wales.  In relation to women, the White Paper committed to publishing a strategy to “improve the safety and reform of female offenders in custody and in the community”, and for “the creation of five small community prisons for women”.

In response to this, we have put a proposal to the Ministry of Justice to invest in a network of women's centres across England and Wales. Download the proposal here.

In 2015 the Justice Data Lab assessed the impact on re‐offending of support provided to female offenders by Women’s Centres throughout England.It showed a significant reduction in the number of women that reoffended who had support.

Nov21 21/11/2016 10:30:00 by Zoey

Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance Alison Frater blogs about a collaborative event at the Houses of Parliament on 25th October. The event, hosted by the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and held in conjunction with Clinks, Prison Reform Trust and Agenda: Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk, saw a performance of Open Clasp’s ‘Key Change’ followed by a panel discussion.

Read the blog online here.

Alison Frater is an independent public health consultant, with particular expertise in women’s health. She was until recently  Head of Public Health and Health in the Justice System for NHS London, responsible for developing the strategy for women's health in the criminal justice system. Alison has expertise in research and implementation of evidence-based policy, with a strong focus on advocacy for social justice and reducing inequalities.  Alison is a visiting professor at Royal Holloway, University of London and a senior research fellow at the University of Southampton.  She was appointed Chair of the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice in 2015, and is a champion of the role of the arts as a springboard to change. Alison is also a member of Prison Reform Trust's Transforming Lives Advisory Group.

Nov11 11/11/2016 10:20:00 by Zoey

Tom Guiney, Senior Programme Officer at Prison Reform Trust, blogs for the Justice Gap on the 81.5% increase in the number of women being recalled from licence to prison since Transforming Rehabiliation launched.

Read the full article here.

Nov10 10/11/2016 16:46:00 by Zoey

On 8 November Jenny Earle joined an eminent panel convened by Halsbury's Law Exchange and chaired by Joshua Rosenberg, to discuss the topic "women in prison: is the justice system fit for purpose?". This was the second such event, the previous one having taken place in 2014. Since then Felicity Gerry QC and Lyndon Harris have pulled together a detailed discussion paper on the sentencing and treatment of women within the criminal justice system, making a number of proposals for reform and referencing the PRT’s Sentencing of Mothers report.