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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

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

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