Prison Reform Trust

Prison Crisis Deepens With Record Number Of Suicides, Assaults And Self Harm Incident Recorded

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK

Suicides, assaults and self-harm in prisons have all reached new record levels, new figures reveal. There were 354 deaths behind bars in England and W...

No Home, No Chance: Lack Of Housing Stops Women From Turning Their Lives Around On Release From Prison

Jenny Earle | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Jenny Earle

This week the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison published a new report. It found that a chronic shortage of safe and stable housing for women leaving prison is leading to more crime, more victims and greater use of unnecessary and expensive imprisonment. Six in ten women leaving prison may not have a home to go to on release, and recent prison inspectorate reports suggest that the situation may be getting worse. Vulnerable women, desperate to secure a safe place to stay, are being deemed intentionally homeless and not in priority need. For some, getting sent back to prison seems like the only solution.

Transforming the Lives of Women in Trouble

Jenny Earle | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK
Jenny Earle

The imminent closure of HMP Holloway in London, the largest and most iconic women's prison in the UK, and the also notorious HMP Cornton Vale in Scotland, are big strides in the right direction. Let them be strides towards dedicated community based services that understand the realities of women's lives and can make a lasting difference to their children's lives too.

Hope for Prison Reform

James Timpson | Posted 28.01.2017 | UK
James Timpson

We can't keep locking up 85,000 people today knowing that hardly any of them will manage to find work and that around 50% of them will be back in again within a year of release. There are currently too many people in prison, and we have a system that seems to keep bringing them back there time and time again--that has to stop. Prison reform means fewer prisons and better prisoners.

Prisons: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Juliet Lyon | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

Over half of the 50 prisoners interviewed for the study reported three or more mental health problems including anxiety, depression, anger, difficulty in concentration, insomnia, and an increased risk of self-harm. Almost half of the 49 officers interviewed said that they would benefit from more mental health training and that further training should be offered.

Putting Prisons Right

Juliet Lyon | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

To achieve the radical reform Michael Gove is considering, means not only putting prison right but also putting it in its place. The Justice Secretary must reserve imprisonment as a punishment of last resort for serious and violent offenders in a balanced justice system. That is the right thing to do.

New Figures Reveal Damaging Impacts of Drastic Cuts on Prisons

Juliet Lyon | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

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.

The Educational and Rehabilitative Power of Books

Mary Sweeney | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mary Sweeney

There can be no debate on the value of books in general and cutbacks in prisons across the UK have meant that library stock is much diminished and access time has significantly declined. Given that not all prisoners can earn money, and certainly not enough to buy books, the books and gifts sent from loved ones are a lifeline. To stop them is just cruel.

Women's Organisations Mobilise to Reform Justice

Juliet Lyon | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Juliet Lyon

Prison is our least visible, most neglected, public service. Perhaps no surprise then, that when people in communities turn their attention to the state of our prisons and the state of people in them, many feel impelled to get involved in changing a flawed justice system.

Jail Class Change Could See Offenders On Streets On Day Passes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK

Two jails are to be recategorised, allowing almost 600 criminals, including killers and sex offenders, to reenter the community on temporary licences,...

Prisons Are Nearly Full, Admits MoJ

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 29.03.2012 | UK

Prisons in England and Wales are nearly full, the Ministry of Justice has said, partly due to the "significant rise" in people sent to jail over last ...

Foreign Trafficked Women Are Being Arrested For Forced Crimes, Report Highlights

Posted 11.01.2012 | UK

Foreign women are being imprisoned for crimes they were forced into, after being trafficked or coerced into offending, campaigners have said. One i...

Don't Blame the Parents of Children who Offend

Penelope Gibbs | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Politics
Penelope Gibbs

The riots, and the subsequent focus on problem families, have caused people to ask whether parents are taking sufficient responsibility for their children. Louise Casey has just been appointed to join up government policy on troubled and troublesome families.