Who we are

The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families. We support people to make a fresh start, and minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment on people who have committed offences, on families and on communities.

What we do:

  • Build stronger families and safer communities.
  • Reduce risk of harm to prisoners and their children.
  • Remove barriers and increase awareness in public services.
  • Influence commissioning, policy and legislation.

 "Pact is the major Catholic charity providing support for prisoners and their families, working in most prisons across England and Wales. This work is a direct expression of our discipleship and a very concrete expression of our desire to serve the Lord in those who are most vulnerable."

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Pact's President

Our Impact

Every year we support thousands of prisoners and their families to make a fresh start. Click here to find out more about how we change lives.

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Advocacy

We act as an advocate for the people we serve, through building the evidence base of outcomes from our work, and through constructive dialogue with commissioners and government officials.

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CURRENT PRISON POPULATION IN ENGLAND & WALES


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CHILDREN WITH A PARENT IN PRISON TONIGHT

David's Story

For many fathers in prison, being a parent is the only part of their identity that they view positively, and this responsibility can be the one thing that gives them the hope and determination to stay on the right path. Read here how David worked with Pact to maintain a positive relationship with his daughter during his time in prison.

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Latest News

  • An Easter Message from Pact's Chief Executive

    Could you support prisoners, people with convictions and their families? This Easter, we invite you to reflect on the lives of people in prison and their families, and the complex navigation to their rehabilitation. Read more

  • Pact CEO responds to Secretary of State’s speech

    Read Pact CEO, Andy Keen-Downs' response to this morning's speech from the new Secretary of State, and why prisoners’ children and families must be seen as more than a means to an end. Read more

Events

  • Prisoners' Families & Friends Peer Support Group

    Do you have a family member in prison and need someone to talk to? Come along to our Peer Support Group at HMP Wormwood Scrubs Visitors' Centre on 23rd May 2018. Read more

  • Locked Out

    Pact is hosting an event to launch our new book, Locked Out, and our new online resources for children affected by familial imprisonment. Read more