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Punishing Disadvantage: Prison Reform Trust Newsletter

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september 2010


Punishing disadvantage

The Prison Reform Trust's campaign Out of Trouble launched a major research report in Westminster this month, at an event attended by parliamentarians and officials.

Punishing Disadvantage, a census of nearly 6,000 children who entered custody in the second half of 2008, analysed the children's damaged lives and the offences for which they were imprisoned, with results showing that three-fifths of the children sentenced to custody were convicted of crimes which usually result in community sentences, with half imprisoned for non-violent crimes.

Read more here

Prisoners voting update

At its meeting on 14-16 September the Committee of Ministers at the Council of Europe strongly criticised the UK coalition government for failing to inform the Committee on how it intends to abide by a 2005 European Court ruling (Hirst No. 2) to allow sentenced prisoners to vote.

UK compliance must be in time to enable people in prison to vote in the 2011 Scottish, Welsh, Northern Ireland and local elections.

Read more here

PRT's party conference events

To achieve political consensus on justice reform, the Prison Reform Trust is co-hosting a series of fringe meetings titled ‘Inside Out: Should there be fewer people in prison?’, at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative party conferences with the Fabian Society, CentreForum, Policy Exchange and the Criminal Justice Alliance.

Follow coverage of these events here



Women's Justice Taskforce meets for the first time this week


The Prison Reform Trust has just established a time-limited, high level, independent Women’s Justice Taskforce, chaired by Fiona Cannon, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Lloyds Banking Group, to make sure that vulnerable women in the criminal justice system are a priority for government, and to map out the means by which Ministers, officials and local government can build on the Corston blueprint for reform in changed economic and political times.

Read more here








Punishing disadvantage

A profile of children
in custody

Prison briefing

Party conferences 2010


Juliet Lyon: putting children in custody punishes disadvantage

Read Juliet Lyon's article
 from the Guardian's Comment is Free here

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