Farmer Review

Lord FarmerIn 2016, Lord Farmer, in partnership with Clinks, was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Justice to chair an independent review into how supporting engagement between prisoners and their families could contribute to a reduction in reoffending and impact upon intergenerational crime.

Throughout the course of 2016-2017, POPS’ CEO, Diane Curry OBE, was a member of the task group supporting the review, made up of people with lived experience, voluntary sector organisations, prison and probation representatives and Clinks. The task group operated in an advisory capacity and assisted in the gathering of evidence from experts across a spectrum of agencies and individuals.

Although the review focused mainly on outcomes for the majority male prison population, it also used learning from what works well for women in prison and their families. Lord Farmer was also asked to review what works to help those men who do not have any family connections, such as those whom were previously in the care system, or have lost contact with family because of going to prison or due to the nature of their offences.

This review reported to the Ministry of Justice in January 2017 and the final report should be published later this year.