Family ties at the heart of prison reform

In September 2016 Lord Farmer, in partnership with the membership charity Clinks, was commissioned by the government to investigate how connecting prisoners with their families can improve offender wellbeing, assist in keeping the public safe and reduce reoffending.

The findings were published in August 2017, and found that close ties between prisoners and key family members can significantly reduce the risk of reoffending – which costs society £15 billion every year.

Landmark review places family ties at the heart of prison reform – GOV.UK