Catholic chaplains, charities and volunteers work in every prison throughout England and Wales – supporting thousands of prisoners and their families every year.
Our advocacy in this area The Right Road – 2016 includes campaigning for better mental health services, more opportunities for family contact, and greater use of Release on Temporary Licence.
We are also working hard to protect prisoners’ access to chaplaincy, which has proven benefits for rehabilitation and supporting those at risk of self-harm or suicide (Belief and Belonging).
In 2018 we launched A Journey of Hope – a set of recommendations for government for a more robust and rehabilitative sentencing system.
Outside the prison gates we support initiatives like ‘Ban the Box’ which help people back into work after serving their sentence.