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Comment and Analysis

Jun21 21/06/2016 10:13:00 by Jenny Earle

On 15 June 2016 the Prison Reform Trust held a high level seminar on the topic of Justice Reinvestment for Women.

The value of a justice reinvestment strategy for women, which would see funding redirected from prisons into local services, was discussed by Professor Julie Stubbs from the University of New South Wales and Professor Michele Burman from the University of Glasgow.  

The event was Chaired by Juliet Lyon and was attended by a broad cross section of researchers, penal reformers, government officials and women’s organisations. 

Read our blog by Programme Director Jenny Earle below.

Jun13 13/06/2016 11:56:00 by Zoey

We are delighted to be working with User Voice as part of our three-year programme to reduce women's imprisonment. The aim of this partnership is to help ensure that the voices and experiences of women who have direct experience of the criminal justice system inform the Transforming Lives strategy.

Jun7 07/06/2016 15:26:00 by Zoey

Danielle Aumord speaks to Mandy Ogunmokum, from the supported housing project Treasures  and Jenny Earle about what needs to change to improve access to housing when leaving prison.

This Inside Housing article is particularly timely as the recent HMP Bronzefield Inspectorate report found that 103 women left Bronzefield last year with no fixed address, and 34% of interviewed women didn’t know of anyone in the prison that could help them with accommodation on release.

Read Danielle Aumord's article for Inside Housing featuring Jenny Earle here

May19 19/05/2016 16:22:00 by Zoey

"Some of them were only there for a short time - but because of that, they lost their homes. They lost everything."

Read Danielle Aumord's article for Marie Claire featuring Jenny Earle here

May1 01/05/2016 15:48:00 by Ryan Harman

Our advice and information service receives over 6,000 contacts a year from people with a variety of prison related questions and concerns. However, only a small number of these contacts come from prisoners held in the female estate. In 2015 we received 154 enquiries from women which amounted to less than 2.5% of all enquiries received. With women accounting for about 5% of the total prison population in England and Wales, currently at around 3,800, it is clear that women are underrepresented in our service.

Apr13 13/04/2016 16:14:00 by Zoey

There is an urgent need to improve housing and other support for women leaving prison,which was the focus of Prison Reform Director Juliet Lyon’s comment in the Telegraph on 13 April following the revelation in the HM Inspectorate report of HMP Bronzefield that some women were given tents on release. 

PRT are working with Women in Prison to develop a briefing on the housing needs of women in contact with the criminal justice system, for publication in the summer.  The inspectorate report also revealed that 20% of the women in Bronzefield were on remand, and nearly 10% on recall - a significant increase following the introduction of the new post-custody 12 month licence period in the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014.