prisoners

Final report of the Commission on Women Offenders, which was established to examine how female offenders are dealt with in the criminal justice system.

Document which sets out the context of the inspecting year 2010-11, discusses the main issues, as well as other trends and the areas of special interest that were set out in the previous year.

Isabel McCue was inspired to set up Theatre Nemo following her son John's eight year battle with mental ill-health. Its mission is to empower people affected by mental ill-health to have better, more fulfilled lives through the creative arts. 

The organisation runs projects in communities, prisons and hospitals.

Reducing re-offending amongst ex-prisoners is of paramount importance for both penal and societal reasons.

This paper advances an argument that the current prisoner risk assessment instruments used in the UK neglect to account for environmental determinants of reoffending. It frames this position within the growing literature on the ecology of recidivism, and use the principles of environmental criminology to stress the importance of the opportunities for crime that are present in an ex-prisoners’ neighbourhood.

The Justice Committee believes that the effective rehabilitation of offenders is vital in order to reduce crime levels, reduce the economic and social costs of crime and help create a safer Scotland. It also enables those individuals who have offended, for a variety of reasons, to choose a better life for themselves, their families and communities.

Assessment that focuses on the economic impact of the work carried out by the programme on behalf of prisoners and their families. The research is based on case studies, administrative data provided by the programme and interviews with programme staff.

Paper that looks at features of the criminal justice systems in operation in the Netherlands and Germany and analyses changes in prison numbers in order to see whether any lessons might usefully be considered in England and Wales.

There is a particular focus on Germany and the Netherlands as these are countries which share certain similarities with the UK.

Report that begins by considering how the female prison population has increased, why this has happened and what the consequences have been. This is followed by a review of the way the Labour government sought to reduce the number of women going to prison and the very limited impact its policies had in practice.

The report concludes by considering what the current government has achieved during its first two years in office; and what changes might be needed if the number of women entering prison is really to fall.