A Record of Our Own campaign

A Record of Our Own campaign was launched in June 2020 with the purpose to look at the impact of Covid-19 on prisoners from Black, Asian and minority ethnic background, including people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. In partnership with The Traveller Movement and Partners of Prisoners (POPS), we hope to shed a light…

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The Relationship between Civil Society and National Preventive Mechanisms

An International seminar on ‘The Relationship between Civil Society and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) was held on 26th June 2020, in partnership with the Irish Penal Reform Trust. The event focused on exploring how civil society should be involved in the establishment of an NPM and the relationships between established NPMs and civil society, based on…

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Human Rights and Detention in the time of Covid-19: UK and Ireland

On 30th April 2020 the Zahid Mubarek Trust and the Irish Penal Reform Trust co-organised this online international seminar. It included a presentation from Dr Jens Modvig, Chair of the UN Committee against Torture, followed by responses from UN officials: Professor Sir Malcolm Evans, Dr Elina Steinerte and Mark Kelly. The webinar gathered over 65 participants, including monitoring bodies, civil society advocacy groups and…

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Tackling discrimination in prison: still not a fair response

A joint report by the Zahid Mubarek Trust and the Prison Reform Trust analysed 610 discrimination complaints across eight prisons. The report found that only one in 100 prisoners who made an allegation of discrimination against prison staff had their case upheld by the prison. It represents the first formal study of a discrimination complaints…

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Report of a review of the implementation of the Zahid Mubarek Inquiry recommendations by HM Inspectorate of Prisons

In June 2014 HM Inspectorate of Prisons published the Thematic Report of the Review of the Implementation of the Zahid Mubarek Inquiry recommendations. The report found that lessons from deaths in custody had not always been effectively acted on or recommendations implemented. It stated that “the usual prison forum for discussing deaths in custody is…

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Race Equality in Prison: 10 years on from the Keith Report

In January 2016 our Patron Lord Ramsbotham, hosted a stakeholder seminar at the House of Lords to mark the 10th year anniversary since the publication of the Keith report. The Zahid Mubarek Public Inquiry, led by Justice Keith, was concluded by the publication of the report with 88 recommendations. The session aimed at providing an…

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Why does racial disparity still persist in the prison system?

I believe that today’s problems come from yesterday’s lack of solutions. The latest published data shows that BAME prisoners are overrepresented in use-of-force incidents, are more likely to be placed in segregation, adjudications and put on the basic IEP level. While this data reflects many ongoing issues in prisons, it is hardly ever seen through…

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