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Consensual sex among men in prison

Briefing paper by the Commission on Sex in Prison

  • ISBN: 978-1-905994-687

  • Published: 2013

  • Pages: 6

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


consensual sex in prison

There is currently little reliable evidence available on both consensual and coercive sex in prison.

The briefing paper considers evidence submitted to the Commission on Sex in Prison by prisoners, former prisoners, prison staff and voluntary sector organisations and makes recommendations for change.

This is the first briefing paper published by the Commission in Sex in Prison, established by the Howard League for Penal Reform in 2013 to undertake the first ever review of sex inside prison.

The Commission on Sex in Prison focused on three broad themes:

  • consensual sex in prison
  • coercive sex in prison
  • healthy sexual development among young people in prison

The purpose of the Commission on Sex in Prison was to understand the nature and scale of sex in prisons, investigate the key issues and problems and make recommendations with a view to make prisons safer.

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