Our Work in Prisons


“The degree of civilisation in a society can be judged by entering its prisons”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The House of the Dead

Our Work in Prisons

Most people in prison are there for short sentences of under a year, often linked to chaotic lifestyles and a background of deprivation, exclusion, abuse and violence coupled with low self-esteem and self-worth, as well as a lack of opportunity.

Many people might say that prison isn’t meant to be easy.

It isn’t.

  • The current UK prison population is about 83,000, of whom about 4,000 are women. At the end of September 2018 there were 861 children in custody in England and Wales. 43 children were aged 14 or younger.
  • 325 people died in prison in the year to September 2018. A quarter were self-inflicted. Self-inflicted deaths are over five times more likely in prison than in the general population.
  • Over half (54%) of people entering prison were assessed as having literacy skills expected of an 11-year old- more than three times higher than in the general adult population (15%)

*All data is taken from the Bromley Briefings, published by the Prison Reform Trust and drawn from Government sources.

To find out more please contact:

Philip Emery, Director

07950 099766 or send an Email

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