Prison Reform Trust

The Goldsmiths' Company Charity is proud to support the Prison Reform Trust and the employment of a trainee Prisoner Policy Network Coordinator.

The Goldsmiths' Company Charity is proud to support the Prison Reform Trust. The Prison Reform Trust believe that the state of our prisons is a fair measure of the state of our society, and they work to ensure our prisons are just, humane and effective.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity has supported a specific project - the employment of a trainee Prisoner Policy Network Coordinator, a position that was taken up by a prisoner Released on Temporary Licence (ROTL).  The Prison Reform Trust wish to identify, develop and support emerging prisoner leaders in prison, with a view to creating a pipeline for them into the criminal justice workforce on release.  

The work placement that the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity supports is key to the running of the Prison Policy Network, a free to join network for serving prisoners, former prisoners, family members and organisations. One of the core values and aims of this network is that every interaction with prisoners is not based on extraction but mutual and reciprocal exchange of knowledge.  

Paula Harriott, Head of Prisoner Engagement at the Prison Reform Trust, states “I think for any movement or project to be successful you need a plurality of views and experiences. Answering the big policy questions requires a diversity of opinion, and a recognition that though the prison system tends to apply a ‘one size fits all’ policy towards them, prisoners experience the system in different ways. Therefore, any research or consultation must reflect and acknowledge that diversity. We have worked with many partners who are delivering services for former prisoners in the community, many of them run by people with lived experience. Through them we have been able to reach people we wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise, as well as draw on the insights and expertise that these partner organisations bring. It makes a big difference having experts in the field working alongside us.” 

More information about the Prison Policy Network can be read here.