The traumatic personal experiences of criminalised people often go unnoticed. Their experiences are ignored; their needs minimised; their support and treatment an afterthought.
Drawing on the expertise of organisations across eight European member states, this project aims to establish a comparative picture of the use, implementation and success of alternatives to custody in the countries and, crucially, to identify those measures which have reduced the use of custody.
We are the UK partner in a pan-European two year project funded by the European Union and coordinated by Associazione Antigone in Italy. The purpose of the European Prison Observatory is to investigate and compare prison conditions, share good practice and promote the adoption of the National Preventative Mechanism and respect for human rights in prisons management across the European Union.
The Justice Matrix is a virtual world that places the user in the shoes of government ministers and their advisers. It offers a conceptual schema for understanding the dynamic relationship between crime, society and the policy-making process.
Our three year initiative promoting radical alternatives to criminal justice.
One Small Thing works with staff in women’s prisons and in the community across England and Scotland, developing approaches grounded in understanding and fostering positive outcomes for all. We call this trauma-informed practice.
Practice in probation is changing as a process of fundamental restructuring begins. Habits and established practice will be under fresh scrutiny; supervision and training are likely to evolve towards supporting individual decision-making rather than creating new and rigid templates.
Many women in prison have experienced emotional trauma prior to imprisonment. The experience of being imprisoned can also be a traumatic one for many women, regardless of the quality of individual institutions and the professionalism and commitment of staff members.
UK Justice Policy Review is an annual publication that tracks year-on-year criminal justice and social welfare developments across the UK. Supported by the Hadley Trust, each edition combines analysis of the main developments in the fields of policing, courts, prisons, probation and welfare with detailed data section covering the main facts, figures and trends. Downloadable datasets are also available on the relevant publication page.