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12 July 2021

The first 40 years of PRT

To commemorate the first 40 years of the Prison Reform Trust, an anniversary which we celebrate in September of this year, we have published a short history setting out our work and achievements.

Produced through the kind support of both the McGrath Charitable Trust and The Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund in the City of London, this short history details how the Prison Reform Trust has grown and adapted in response to the challenges set by its founders in 1981. We hope it demonstrates how the loyal support of so many people has enabled the charity to represent and protect the interests of prisoners and their families over four decades. But inevitably, it also tells a story of recurrent failure to cure the underlying addiction to imprisonment which has afflicted governments throughout those 40 years.