Nepacs welcomes the Ministry of Justice ‘Review on the Importance of Prisoners’ Family Ties for Reform’ by Lord Farmer

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Nepacs, the long-standing north east charity dedicated to supporting positive futures for prisoners and their families, welcomes the new Ministry of Justice review which endorses the importance of their work.

Lord Farmer visited a number of north east prisons as part of his research, including HMP Frankland, Holme House and Kirklevington Grange, and was impressed by the work that has been developed by Nepacs in partnership with the prison service.

He recommends that ‘the importance of family ties is a golden thread running through the new policy frameworks being put in place to reform prisons.’

Commenting on the review, Helen Attewell, Nepacs CEO said, “I am pleased and proud that the work that charities such as Nepacs have been developing over many decades to support family ties for people in prison, has been recognised as crucially important for rehabilitation and resettlement.

“Nepacs dedicated staff and volunteers provide a range of services to welcome and support families, and in particular, children, at seven north east prisons.  We are facing funding cuts and could do so much more with further Ministry of Justice investment in our work.  Whilst it is vital to have adequate staffing by prison officers in our jails, the warmth, compassion and expertise brought by charities such as Nepacs should not be over-looked in planning for reform.”

The Ministry of Justice's statement and the report is available HERE  

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