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 to people who have committed offences, to families and to 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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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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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

  • Brand new animation: A Journey into Prison

    Watch our brand new animation for children and young people, explaining the journey of someone going to prison. Read more

  • What do I tell the kids?

    Over 200,000 children a year see a parent go to prison. In the midst of all the issues that imprisonment brings to family life, what do you tell the kids? A blog from Pact's Chief Executive. Read more


  • Volunteer Open Day at HMP Wormwood Scrubs

    Looking to volunteer to support prisoners and their families? Want to know more? Come to our open day! Read more

  • A Fresh Start for Prisoners & Their Families at HMP Wandsworth

    Pact is hosting an event at HMP Wandsworth on Thursday 5th July 2018, with guest speaker Lord Ramsbotham. Read more