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UK: White Paper on Prison Safety and Reform 3rd November 2016

The White Paper on Prison Safety and Reform was presented to Parliament by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (LCSSJ) Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss on 3rd November 2016. Read more

UK: HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Annual Report 2015-2016 26th October 2016

David Strang, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland (HMCIPS), published his third Annual Report, for the years 2015-2016, on 26th October 2016. This was the first year of reporting on both the inspection of prisons, and the monitoring of prisons by Independent Prison Monitors (IPMs), a function which… Read more

UK: Report on the relationship between female offending and homelessness 28th September 2016

Report published by the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison states that upon release six out of ten women do not have homes to go to. Read more

USA: Department of Justice invests in initiative to reduce solitary confinement 26th September 2016

The Vera Institute today announced that it will be receiving a $2.2 million grant from the US Department of Justice to help reduce the use of solitary confinement in prisons across the USA. Read more

(Eng & Wales) 'Life in Prison:Contact with families and friends' 5th September 2016

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a new findings report detailing the importance for prisoners of maintaining relationships with those outside prison. Read more

Beyond Youth Custody Publish Practitioner Guide 23rd August 2016

Beyond Youth Custody has published a guide to help practitioners support the transition of young people from custody back into the community. Read more

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

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