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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

UN conducts review of Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners 9th January 2013

The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners were adopted in 1955, and although they have generally stood the test of time there are some areas in need of modernisation. For this reason the UN is conducting a review of the Rules. Read more

NI:New research highlights the importance of ‘significant adults’ in the lives of children and young people in conflict with the law. 11th December 2012

In February 2012, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) commissioned a study into the impact which positive relationships with ‘significant adults’ can have on the lives of children and young people in conflict with the criminal justice system. The report was published today. Read more

UK: Prison Reform Trust releases three year strategy for reducing imprisonment of women 26th November 2012

Today the Prison Reform Trust in the UK launched a YouGov opinion poll which appears to demonstrate strong support for the use of health measures as an effective way to tackle women’s offending. The results coincide with the launch of PRT's own new strategy for reforming women's justice. Read more

UK: Charity says lessons from deaths in custody are being ignored 1st October 2012

A report published today by Inquest, claims that the lessons which can be learned from deaths in custody in England and Wales are being ignored due to a lack of an official body to enforce them. Read more

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