Juliet Lyon
Juliet Lyon CBE is director of the Prison Reform Trust and secretary general of Penal Reform International

Entries by Juliet Lyon

Prisons: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

(1) Comments | Posted 23 December 2015 | (12:06)

Most people would say they know something about prison. They recognise the abiding austere image of the barred cell window or, in contrast, the holiday camp, beloved by the tabloid press, where old lags are reported to laze at taxpayers' expense. Yet, despite our zest for incarceration, few really know...

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Putting Prisons Right

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2015 | (01:00)

This week the outgoing Chief Inspector reports on prisons in severe decline. On Wednesday, without using the crisis word, the incoming Secretary of State for Justice in his first meeting with the new Justice Committee admits there are difficulties to be faced. On Friday Michael Gove...

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New Figures Reveal Damaging Impacts of Drastic Cuts on Prisons

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (01:00)

Rocketing prison numbers, a shocking surge in assaults and deaths by suicide in custody, fewer staff, less constructive activity and unacceptably high reconviction rates are the flashing warning lights that Ministers must heed. To avert a crisis, they must check the bruising pace and scale of change in...

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Imprisonment for Public Protection Is a Stain on Our Justice System

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2014 | (15:49)

The former home secretary David Blunkett's welcome admission that the plight of some people affected by the introduction of the Kafkaesque Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection (IPP) was on his conscience will be of little comfort to the 3,561 people in prison serving an IPP sentence held beyond...

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Titan Prisons Creeping by Stealth Across England and Wales

(2) Comments | Posted 1 November 2013 | (00:00)

Even those who support rehabilitation and reform are beginning to ask questions about the scale and pace of change in the justice system. The latest edition of the Prison Reform Trust's Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile warns that the impact of the changes and pressure of budget cuts are...

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Can Chris Grayling Rehabilitate Our Ailing Prison System?

(7) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (01:00)

Do we expect too much of our overcrowded prisons? As the Justice Secretary announces plans to re-designate around 70 prisons across England and Wales as resettlement prisons, a new iPad app launched by the Prison Reform Trust reveals that massive cuts in prison staff and budgets are placing...

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Women's Organisations Mobilise to Reform Justice

(1) Comments | Posted 25 April 2013 | (11:31)

Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, welcomes the growing involvement of women's civic society organisations in work to improve the criminal justice system and gain a humane, effective response to vulnerable people caught up in it.

Prison is our least visible, most neglected, public service. Perhaps no...

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Privatisation Will Not Rehabilitate Our Prisons

(11) Comments | Posted 21 February 2013 | (09:54)

A new briefing by the free market thinktank, Reform, sets out to reignite the debate about the role of the private sector in our prisons. The case for private prisons argues that the justice secretary Chris Grayling was wrong when he announced at the end of 2012 his decision to...

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