Prison Reform Trust Transforming Lives update
Following the revelation in the HM Inspectorate report of HMP Bronzefield that some women were given tents on release, PRT are working with Women in Prison to develop a briefing on the housing needs of women in contact with the criminal justice system, for publication in the summer. The inspectorate report also revealed that 20% of the women in Bronzefield were on remand, and nearly 10% on recall – a significant increase following the introduction of the new post-custody 12 month licence period in the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014.
PRT are also collaborating with the IOM Cymru Women’s Pathfinder in a research project on the remand and sentencing of women in Wales, which will be the focus of a roundtable in May. Senior programme officer Dr Tom Guiney talked about the need for locally-co-ordinated early interventions at the Inside Government conference onOffender Management 2016: Improving Outcomes, Reducing Reoffending in March.
Useful publications on the PRT website: (i) Sentencing of Mothers, (ii) a leaflet setting out the objectives and methods of the PRT programme to reduce women’s imprisonment (iii) a report on the successful workshop held in Edinburgh on Women and Criminal Justice in Scotland to review progress towards implementing the Angiolini Commission, (iv) The Current Landscape of Support for Women Who Offend in Northern Ireland.
If you have any queries about the programme or would like hard copies of any publications please contact Zoe Litchfield.