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.
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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.
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A profile of children
Party conferences 2010
Juliet Lyon: putting children in custody punishes disadvantage
Read Juliet Lyon's article
from the Guardian's Comment is Free here