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.

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 AND 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

  • UPDATE: Winter and Christmas Visiting Information for Families

    Our digital Visitors' Guides for prisons in England and Wales are being updated to share the latest information about social visits, including the latest guidance around visits during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

  • Our Year in Review

    Watch our 'Year in Review': a brand new video celebrating Pact's achievements in 2019/20 and reflecting on the challenges of Covid-19. Read more

Events

  • Sir Harold Hood Memorial Lecture 2020

    This year's Sir Harold Hood Memorial Lecture, 'Some Things We Can’t Think', will be given by author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce. We are also pleased to combine this year’s lecture with the premiere of our new short documentary, ‘Hidden Sentences: Voices of Prisoners’ Families’. Read more

  • Pact's AGM and Conference 2020

    Working together for the 'Common Good' in a post-Covid criminal justice landscape: Pact's AGM and Conference 2020 with guest speaker, Dr Jo Farrar, Chief Executive of HM Prison and Probation Service. Read more