The values that underpin the Prison Reform Trust's work are:
• Prison should be reserved for those whose offending is so serious that
they cannot serve their sentence in the community.
• Prisoners and their families should be treated with humanity and
respect and have access to clear information and the opportunity to
represent themselves and have their views taken into account.
• The Prison Service should provide constructive regimes in decent, safe
conditions that ensure the well-being of prisoners and prepare them for
resettlement in the community.
• The public, parliament and those responsible for incarcerating offenders
should be fully informed about the state and effectiveness of our
criminal justice system.
• As the most severe punishment in this country, imprisonment should
remain the ultimate responsibility of the state, in order to safeguard
prisoners’ human rights.