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Global Prison Trends 2018

15th May 2018

Penal Reform International (PRI) has published the 2018 edition of 'Global Prison Trends'.

UK: Youth Justice Statistics 2016/2017

25th January 2018

Youth Justice Statistics for 2016/2017 published by the Youth Justice Board and the Ministry of Justice.

UK: Prison & Probation Ombudsman Bulletin on Complaints Investigations

9th January 2018

The Prison & Probation Ombudsman (PPO) have published their findings on their analysis of a sample of 208 complaints involving discrimination issues over 5 years, from 2012 and 2017, and contributes to an emerging conversation about how prisons can better engage with and resolve prisoner's complaints about discrimination.

UK: Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile

17th December 2017

The latest edition of the Prison Reform Trust's Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile provides extensive facts and figures on a wide range of key areas within the UK prison system.

UK: Domestic Abuse as a driver to women's offending

4th December 2017

Prison Reform Trust (2017) “There’s a reason we’re in trouble” Domestic abuse as a driver to women’s offending.

'UK: Children in Custody 2016-2017'

27th November 2017

HM Inspectorate of Prisons - Children in Custody 2016-17 - An analysis of 12-18 year olds’ perceptions of their experiences in secure training centres and young offender institutions.

Prisons & Probation Ombudsman (UK) Bulletin on Deaths in Approved Premises

14th November 2017

The Prison & Probation Ombudsman (UK) carried out independent investigations into deaths related to substance misuse in Approved Premises (APs) and released a Bulletin on these findings.

UK: Justice Committee publishes report on disclosure of youth criminal records

27th October 2017

The current system for disclosure of youth criminal records undermines the principles of the youth justice system, says the Justice Committee in a new report published today, 27 October 2017.

Stop Solitary for Kids Compile a List of Resources on US State Legislation and Cases

24th August 2017

Stop Solitary for Kids is a website that highlights developments in particular States within the United States of America (USA) that have passed legislation that aim to limit the use of solitary confinement for children in detention. Currently 18 out of the 51 States in the U.S.A have either developed or are currently developing legislation reducing the use of solitary confinement for children.

Juvenile Law Center Launch Report: Unlocking Youth Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

2nd August 2017

The Juvenile Law Center in their latest report (2017) highlight the issues facing children and young adults in detention who are subjected to solitary confinement. In this report the authors address issues such as the impact solitary confinement can have on the cognitive, social and emotional development of those subjected to solitary confinement during their developmental years. They also highlight the correlation between cognitive development and behaviour labelled as challenging, as well as the impact deprivation of social inclusion can have on the ability to recover from solitary confinement post-release.

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