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Solitary Confinement: what is it and what are its effects? 28th April 2016

The Guardian newspaper, in their series on solitary confinement, describe what it is; what the conditions are like; what its effects are; and provide an online virtual reality experience of life in solitary confinement so you can replicate the experience for yourself. Read more

Criminal Care – Children’s Homes and Criminalising Children 15th April 2016

The Howard League for Penal Reform has recently released a report "Criminal Care – Children’s Homes and Criminalising Children" on their research of how children living in children’s homes in England are being criminalised at excessively high rates compared to all other groups of children. Read more

UK: Innovative Support Scheme for Short-term Prisoners Helps Reduce Re-offending Rates 10th March 2016

An independent evaluation carried out on a joint project between the Scottish Prison Service and a range of third sector partners has found the project helped to improve many aspects of prisoners lives and reduce re-offending rates. Read more

US Study: Treating More Thefts as a Less-Serious Crime did not lead Property Crime to Increase 9th March 2016

Since 2001, more than 30 US states have raised the threshold on what can be charged as a serious theft. In a recent brief the PEW Charitable Trusts examined what impact, if any, this change had on the rates of theft in different states. Read more

US: Is Sending More to Prison an Effective Way to Reduce Crime? It’s complicated… 4th March 2016

During the early 1990’s, violent crime levels were at record highs in the United States, but have since fallen to levels not seen since the 1960’s. In this brief, the PEW Charitable Trusts survey nine leading US scholars for their view on the role that a massively increased prison population… Read more

U.S. Report: Ways of addressing the nation’s scale of incarceration 20th October 2015

The United States maintains its distinction as the nation with the highest rate of incarceration in the world. A report entitled, “The State of Sentencing 2014 Developments in Policy and Practice” was published by The Sentencing Project who are a national non-profit organization in the U S. The report documents… Read more

U.S. Survey finds that majority of voters want a reduction in the prison population 20th October 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today released results from a new national survey focused on criminal justice reform. Commissioned by the ACLU and administered by the Benenson Strategy Group, the national survey was conducted from June 2-6, 2015. All respondents were registered voters who are likely to vote in… Read more

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

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