During 2016-2017, Pact’s CEO, Andy Keen-Downs, has acted as an advisor to Lord Michael Farmer, who was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Justice to investigate what works for men in prison and their families to reduce the risk of re-offending and inter-generational offending.

As part of a small Task Force, Andy has supported Lord Farmer in an advisory capacity, based on meetings with prisoners, family members, and staff and volunteers who work in the frontline.

Pact has played a key practical role, supporting Lord Farmer and CLINKS in organising the largest ever national consultation of prisoners and their families on this topic. It is hoped that the report will have a significant impact on policy and provision for prisoners and their families, putting family life at the heart of the prison safety and reform agenda.