Prison is an ineffective way of reducing crime. Our high prison population is untenable. Prisons do little to help people make amends for what they have done and change lives. Short prison sentences are detrimental. Our weekly prison watch provides up to date figures on the number of people held in custody.
We are often consulted when policy makers need expert advice, we provide submissions to government's and other public bodies' consultations.
Investing in the community
Community sentences make a person take responsibility and live a law-abiding life in the community. Our community sentences cut crime campaign aims to raise the profile of, confidence in and use of community sentences. Our community programmes awards celebrate best practice in community sentencing.
Justice for children and young people
We campaign for justice for children. We want to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility and ensure that society engages the child behind the crime. We believe that too many children are in prison.
- Through our legal work and projects such as U R Boss we give children a voice and work to improve the treatment and conditions for children in custody.
- Our work on police and child arrests follows our strategic aim to reduce the number of children coming into contact with the police and to improve the quality of contact between young people and the police.
- Young people aged 18 to 24 are amongst the most vulnerable groups in society yet the needs of these young people in custody are largely ignored. Through our research and our legal work with young adults we aim to ensure their needs are met and they lead crime free lives.
- We publish a range of reports on children in the penal system.
- Read our submissions on consultations on children.
- Find out basic facts and figures about children in the penal system.
- Find out basic facts and figures about young adults in the penal system
Change inside prisons
- We pioneered and developed the idea of real work in prison, setting up and running a design studio in Coldingley prison where prisoners earned a real wage and were taught real skills
- Through our work, we aim to highlight our concerns about women in the penal system. We set up an All Party Parliamentary Group on women in the penal system, chaired by Baroness Corston, and we are campaigning to ensure that the recommendations of the Corston report are implemented. Read our submissions to consultations on women
- Our Commission on Sex in Prison focused on consensual and coercive sex in prison and looked at the healthy sexual development among young people in prison.
- We successfully campaigned to reverse a Ministry of Justice ban on family and friends sending books to prisoners. The ban on sending other essential items still stands and we continue to campaign to reverse this ban.
- We are conducting a joint programme of work with the Centre for Mental Health on suicide prevention in prisons