There are now 12 women’s prisons in England, one in Northern Ireland and none in Wales.
As of October 2013, HMP Downview is no longer a women's prison. The re-role of HMP Downview into a men's prison will be completed by spring 2014.
The government announced in October 2013 that it is looking to close HMP Askham Grange and HMP East Sutton Park once its planned scheme to turn all women's prisons into resettlement prisons has been rolled out across the female custodial estate. It is unclear at this point, however, when this will take place.
Four of the women's prisons in England have a juvenile unit and seven have a mother and baby unit. However, the government announced in October 2013 that the mother and baby unit at HMP Holloway is closing, bringing the total number of units to six.
Information about women’s prisons and links to the prisons themselves can be found here
Reports by HM Inspectorate of Prisons can be found here
Reports by the Independent Monitoring Boards can be found here
An Inspection of the use of alternatives to custody for women offenders
A Joint Inspection by HMI Probation, HMCPSI and HMI Prisons, 2011
Thematic report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, 2010