9 May 2013 - Ministry of Justice publishes Transforming Rehabilitation: A Strategy for Reform
22 March 2013 - Ministry of Justice publishes Strategic Priorities for Female Offenders
22 March 2013 -Female offenders would benefit from community sentences, Justice Minister says.
Female offenders should receive more support to break the cycle of crime and abuse in an attempt to reduce the female prison population and keep families together, it has been claimed.
21 March 2013 - Plight of women in jail tackled with new policy on sentencing.
Community punishments and tagging to reduce thousands of low-risk offenders sent to prison
29 January 2013 - Women in Prison launches State of the Estate report on the women's custodial estate. Please see publications and events tabs for more information.
Women in Prison supports and campaigns for women affected by the Criminal Justice System (CJS). We assist women with advice on housing, education, mental health, legal rights, work, benefits, debt, domestic violence, and more.
Prison causes damage and disruption to the lives of vulnerable women, most of whom pose no risk to the public. Women have been and are marginalised within a criminal justice system designed by men for men.
Prison is often a very expensive way of making vulnerable women’s life situations much worse. Women are often incarcerated miles from their homes and families – they lose their homes, their relationships with their children and their mental health in the process.
Better outcomes for women mean a reduced use of prison and an increased use of community alternatives. Prison does not work. The best way to cut women’s offending is to deal with its root causes.
"Taking the most hurt people out of society and punishing them in order to teach them how to live within society is, at best, futile. Whatever else a prisoner knows, she knows everything there is to know about punishment because that is exactly what she has grown up with. Whether it is childhood sexual abuse, indifference, neglect; punishment is most familiar to her."
Chris Tchaikovsky - Former prisoner and founder of Women in Prison