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UK: Report focuses on the views of family members of offenders with specific and particular needs 21st September 2015

The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) have recently published a report entitled “Relative Justice: the experiences and views of family members of people with particular needs in contact with criminal justice and liaison and diversion services”. Liaison and diversion is a process whereby individuals with particular vulnerabilities including: mental health problems;… Read more

The moral failures of America's prison-industrial complex 20th July 2015

An article in the Economist explains the moral issues of the mass-incarceration of Americans. Read more

UK Report: Strangeways 25 Years On 15th April 2015

The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) have recently published a report, "Strangeways: 25 Years On", which assesses progress made in penal reform against Lord Woolf's 12 recommendations for a more fair and just prison system. Read more

Council of Europe: Space I Annual Report on Penal Statistics in Europe 17th February 2015

The Council of Europe have published their Annual Penal Statistics (Space I Report) for 2013, which contains a detailed breakdown of a myriad of penological trends in Europe, many of which highlight ongoing problems in prisoner care and institutional management across all 49 European nations surveyed. Read more

Scotland: New women's prison scrapped in favour of small community-based centres 26th January 2015

Plans for a new women's prison in Scotland have been scrapped, in favour of "smaller regional and community-based custodial facilities across the country". Read more

Canadian Report on Pre-Trial Detention: 'Set Up To Fail' 12th August 2014

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) recently released a report, ‘Set Up To Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-Trial Detention,’ which considers the use of pre-trial detention in the country. Read more

UK Report: ‘We should operate with a Presumption Against Imprisonment’ 11th August 2014 PDF documents

Prison should not be the ‘default sentence’, leading UK criminal justice experts argued in a report recently published (July 3rd 2014). Read more

Eng & Wales: Howard League Commission on sex in prison 25th February 2014

The Howard League for Penal Reform has established an independent Commission on Sex in Prison to undertake the first ever review of both consensual and coercive sex inside prison. Read more

UK: Charities say computers can transform prisoner rehabilitation – new report: 29th October 2013

The Prison Reform Trust and Prisoners Education Trust have launched a joint report, arguing that controlled internet access can improve prisoners' outcomes in education, family contact, resettlement between prisons and recidivism. Read more

US: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education 27th August 2013

A new research report by the RAND Corporation has found that engagement with educational and vocational programmes in prison reduces recidivism and increases the likelihood of employment post-release. Read more