How does intra-prison crime manifest and what are the associated costs?


We want to provide decent, safe and secure accommodation that supports individuals in their rehabilitation. We want to reduce levels of violence and self-harm and develop the evidence on what structures and interventions can help improve outcomes for individuals in prison.

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