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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

UK: Report published on community services for children with a parent in prison 4th June 2013

Barnardo’s has published a report on two pilot community services working with children and families with a parent in prison, which it ran in Bristol and Devon from 2010-2011. Read more

Scotland: New monitoring group replaces prison visiting committees 1st May 2013

A new independent monitoring system is to be established in Scotland, replacing the current system of prison visiting committees. Read more

UK: Targeted support for women offenders 27th March 2013

UK Justice Minister, Helen Grant, has published a report outlining her key priorities and strategic objectives for female offenders. Read more

UK: Report assesses UK government compliance with the Bangkok Rules 13th March 2013

Women in Prison have published a report on the women’s custodial estate in the UK from 2011-2012, showing that little has fundamentally changed in the approach to women in prison since the publication of Baroness Jean Corston’s report in 2007. Read more

Eng & Wales: Report published on children's experience of violence in custody 26th February 2013

The Children’s Rights Alliance for England has published a report as part of the Ending Violence against Children in Custody project, presenting findings of research carried out with children and young people with experience of custody. Read more

Penal Reform International criticises CEDAW Committee’s lack of focus on women as defendants 22nd February 2013

Penal Reform International (PRI) criticised the CEDAW Committee's focus on women as victims, overlooking the rights of female defendants Read more

UK: Howard League publishes paper on 'Intelligent Justice' 19th February 2013

The Howard League for Penal Reform has published a thought-provoking pamphlet comparing the effectiveness of prison terms and community sentences in preventing crime. Read more

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