We’re working to create a just, humane & effective prison system.
We’re doing this by influencing decision-makers, opinion formers and the public to:
- Reduce the use of prison.
- Improve conditions for prisoners.
- Promote equality and human rights in the criminal justice system.
Latest news & updatesView all news and updates
Government announces reforms for people serving abolished IPP sentence in the community
Chronic staff shortages underpinning problems with drugs, violence and self-harm at HMP Woodhill
PRT has prepared a briefing to assist MPs on the second reading of the Criminal Justice Bill.
We welcome publication of the review, but success must be measured by the impact on women in prison.
New briefing casts doubt on the legality of the use of PAVA spray in prisons
Many problems are symptomatic of a wider crisis of staff retention, capacity and underinvestment
Our latest publicationsView all
- November 2023 Equality incapacitated: the disproportionate impact of PAVA spray on Black, Muslim and disabled prisoners The use of force in prison is only justifiable if it is legal, proportionate in the circumstances, r... Equality incapacitated: the disproportionate impact of PAVA spray on Black, Muslim and disabled prisoners
- September 2023 Report and accounts 2022–23 The trustees are pleased to present their report together with the financial statements of the Priso... Report and accounts 2022–23
- July 2023 Locked In? Achieving penal change in the context of crisis and scandal Moments of crisis and scandal are an ever-present feature of the political cycle and the decisions t... Locked In? Achieving penal change in the context of crisis and scandal
- June 2023 Prison: the facts—Summer 2023 Prison: the facts is our shorter summary of prisons in England and Wales and the people in them. Prison: the facts—Summer 2023
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