May15 15/05/2019 12:31:00 by Emily

Today, The Northern Echo ran a story on the 'first science programme to run in an English prison'. The "think like a scientist" course, which was deemed a huge success, is backed by the Prisoners' Education Trust.

Read the article here

May14 14/05/2019 15:02:00 by Emily

Women with learning disabilities are at risk of becoming drawn into the criminal justice system due to failures to recognise their disability and a lack of appropriate support, according to a new report published today by the Prison Reform Trust, produced in collaboraiton with KeyRing Living Support Networks.

The report, Out of the Shadows, draws on the experiences of 24 women with learning disabilities in contact with, or on the edges of, the criminal justice system; and practitioners working within criminal justice, social care, and women's services. Abuse by men lay behind the offending behaviour of most of the participating women.

The report gives a voice to women with learning disabilities, enabling them to talk about thier experiences. This includes not understanding the implications of their behaviour and failure to comply with imposed sanctions; their histories as vicitms of vioelnt and abusive behaviour; and enforced separation from their children, bewilderment and a sense of injustice.

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May11 11/05/2019 09:53:00 by Emily
The BBC has added a short video following two daughters opening up to their mums about what it's like when they were in prison.

It's well worth a watch, click the link here
May7 07/05/2019 16:49:00 by Emily
We've pulled together a Twitter Moment to roundup some of the highlights from the fantastic day.

Take a look here

photo credit Lucy Richards
Apr30 30/04/2019 14:48:00 by Emily

A new analysis of court data published today by the Prison Reform Trust has found significant variations in imprisonment rates for women between police force areas in England and Wales.

The average imprisonment rate for women in England is 30 per 100,000, and in Wales 48 per 100,000.

Cleveland has the highest imprisonment rate in England and Wales at 67 women per 100,000 head of population. Between 2012 and 2017 this region saw an increase of 22% in the use of immediate imprisonment for women.

By contrast, Greater Manchester, where there is a co-ordinated strategy involving the local authority, police diversion, a problem solving court and women's support services, has an imprisonment rate of 25 women per 100,000 head of population. Between 2012 and 2017 it saw a decrease of 33% in the use of immediate imprisonment for women.

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Apr29 29/04/2019 15:09:00 by Emily
As part of our push to reduce the unnecessary imprisonment of women across the UK, we have published our revised an updated briefings on women's imprisonment.

Read the England and Wales briefing here

Read the Northern Ireland briefing here

Read the Scotland briefing here

Read the Wales briefing here