Oct27 27/10/2016 12:53:00 by Zoey

Local authorities have a crucial role to play in helping women get the support they need to stay out of trouble, according to a joint report by the Prison Reform Trust, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Centre for Mental Health, and the Education Policy Institute.

Local councils know and understand their communities. Their leadership can provide strategic oversight, and collaboration and coordination with other agencies to deliver necessary support to women in contact with, or on the edges of the criminal justice system. Existing partnerships bring together local organisations that have the means of transforming the lives of women and their families. This approach has the potential to make financial savings for local councils and improve outcomes for women and the wider community.

Sep29 29/09/2016 12:25:00 by Zoey

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."

Sep22 22/09/2016 10:25:00 by Zoey and Jenny

 Six in 10 women do not have homes to go to on release from prison, a report published today by the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison has found.

Home truths: housing for women in the criminal justice system, says that the failure to solve a chronic shortage of suitable housing options for women who offend leads to more crime, more victims and more unnecessary and expensive imprisonment.

Aug5 05/08/2016 15:52:00 by Zoey

On her final day as Director of the Prison Reform Trust, Juliet Lyon was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. She reflected on her time at the Prison Reform Trust, her plans for the future, and her concerns about the recent rise in self-inflicted deaths amongst women in prison.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here.

Juliet has written an article for the Guardian about her plans to step down, you can read it by clicking this link.

You can listen to a BBC profile of Juliet by clicking here and read her article in the Friend.

Jul25 25/07/2016 15:01:00 by Zoey

On the 19 July, Prison Reform Trust was invited to view the play "Watching Glory Die" and take part in a discussion with the audience to address the themes explored around the imprisonment of women.

Jun29 29/06/2016 16:45:00 by Zoey

Next month, Juliet Lyon will be speaking at the Soroptimist International Study Day "Achieving Change - Building on Success" which will be focused on three areas: trafficking and modern slavery, FGM, and reducing women's imprisonment.