On Monday 23rd February Pact hosted the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties, Simon Hughes for a discussion and Q+A on criminal justice. Supporters, colleagues, and those personally affected by imprisonment were able to attend to question the Deputy Prime Minister on women in the prison system and the children and families affected.

Pact Chief Executive, Andy Keen-Downs, presented the Deputy Prime Minister with a copy of ‘Our Voice: The Charter for Children affected by Family Imprisonment’, and urged him and the Government to consider the needs of the hidden victims of crime, including the 200,000 children a year who have a parent in prison.  Responding to the speech, Andy Keen-Downs welcomed the proposal in the speech to establish a Women’s Justice Board, to develop strategies to ensure that there are effective alternatives to custody in place for those female offenders who do not pose a danger to the public, and strategies in place to support the children of women in custody.’

This case study is associated with the charity Pact (Prison Advice and Care Trust).