What is the Prisoner Policy Network (PPN)?

The PPN was launched in July 2018 as part of the Prison Reform Trust’s strategic objective to give prisoners a stronger influence in how policy on prisons is made. It is:

  • A FREE to join network of prisoners, ex-prisoners, relatives and supporting organisations;
  • Hosted by the Prison Reform Trust; and
  • Makes sure that prisoners’ experiences are part of prison policy development nationally.

It is an emerging network of current serving prisoners, ex-prisoners and connected organisations who want to share their experiences and ideas with policy makers. The PPN aims to share the views of people with experience of living in prison with those involved in prison policy development nationally through research, consultation and reports.

We ask members to share their expertise and experience to develop practical solutions to some of the big challenges facing our prisons. It provides a space to share ideas and have them heard by a much wider audience. We then draw together all the responses and include them anonymously in a final published report, which is then shared with officials and ministers who have the power to make changes to prison policy.


Why do we need it?

  • Reforming how prisons operate is a complex task—changing the policy that directs the practice is key to achieving this.
  • Prison policy is developed through research, consultations and debate but prisoners are rarely part of the process.
  • The Prisoner Policy Network will be a collective voice using the Prison Reform Trust’s connections and expertise to make sure that the prisoner viewpoint—the lived expertise of imprisonment—is both heard and used in policy.

What question are you consulting on?       

What might a future prison regime look like?


Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit. We will be launching our next consultation shortly.


How do I get involved?

  • As an individual prisoner; by writing, phoning (or sending an email if you can).
  • If we can and there is an existing group or prison council who want us to, we will come to support a workshop at your prison.
  • When you make a contribution please send us your name, prison number and the prison you are in, or your address if you have been released. We will take this as your formal application to join the network.
  • Any published contributions will be anonymised.
  • Look out for the details of the PPN in Inside Time, and on National Prison Radio.

How do I get in touch?


Prisoner Policy Network c/o
Prison Reform Trust FREEPOST ND 6125
London EC1B 1PN


Call our main switchboard on 020 7251 5070 and ask to speak to the PPN

This line will be answered between 9.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday except bank holidays and is globally cleared for all prisoners