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Sep13 13/09/2019 12:12:00 by Emily
Boris Johnson has committed to reintroducing domestic abuse legislation in the next parliamentary session.

You can read our views on how to improve the #DABill, including the introduction of a statutory defence for domestic abuse victims driven to offend here.
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Sep11 11/09/2019 10:49:00 by Emily

 “You can feel people judging you”, Jasmine* told me, “they’re thinking, ‘she’s not fit to be a mum because she’s done time.’” These words were echoed over and over again in the focus groups and interviews we conducted for the Prison Reform Trust’s What about me? report, which revealed the impact on children when mothers are in trouble with the criminal justice system.

PRT Associate, Sarah Beresford has blogged on a new video resource to turn our thinking around, click 'read more' for the full blog.
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Sep10 10/09/2019 10:11:00 by Emily
Click here for a summary of the JCHR report, on Russell Webster's blog. read more...
Sep9 09/09/2019 11:12:00 by Emily
Kate Somers tells her story on Sky News, explaining that the process to get into a mother and baby unit is "horrendous".

Watch here.

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Sep9 09/09/2019 09:51:00 by Emily
Our Head of Prisoner Engagement, Paula Harriott spoke to Channel 5 News alongside Dr Shona Minson about the impact of maternal imprisonment.

You can watch the full interview here.

Watch Dr Minson's films, created in partnership with PRT and ESRC, for criminal justice professionals to help improve their understanding of the impacts of maternal imprisonment here.
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Sep9 09/09/2019 09:50:00 by Emily

Commenting on the publication of the Joint Committee on Human Rights report Right to Family Life: Children whose mothers are in prison, Dr Jenny Earle, programme director said:

“Today’s report recognises that women overwhelmingly commit non-violent offences, spend short spells behind bars, and are more likely to be the primary carer of their children. Ensuring that children’s welfare is more consistently and effectively factored into sentencing decisions, requires changes to both law and practice. This means that women have the opportunity and the confidence to disclose if they have children, and a prohibition on custodial sentencing without a pre-sentence report. The government must act on the recommendations of this expert cross-party parliamentary committee, and break the cycle of intergenerational crime once and for all.”

You can download a copy of our evidence to the JCHR inquiry by clicking here.

You can download a copy of our report on maternal imprisonment, 'What about me?', by clicking here.

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