Female Offenders Strategy

Commenting on the publication of the Ministry of Justice’s “Female Offender Strategy” today (27 June 2018), Kate Paradine, Chief Executive of Women in Prison, said:
“We warmly welcome the strategy’s commitment to reduce the number of women in prison and to focus on community alternatives. It recognises the vision that Baroness Jean Corston set out 11 years ago in her groundbreaking report on the issue. The strategy acknowledges the harm caused by the current criminal justice system to women, families and communities and it is the right decision not to build new women’s prisons.
“The strategy recognizes that community-based services like women’s centres are the answer to addressing the root causes of offending, including addiction, homelessness, mental ill health and experience of domestic abuse. But these services are facing a serious and deepening funding crisis.
“If women’s centres are really to be at the heart of the strategy this crisis must be addressed.  It is impossible to see how the vision set out in the strategy can possibly be delivered with the pitiful amount of new funding that has been announced. 

“We now need to see evidence of urgent cross-government action to resource and implement this strategy. If this does not happen then the opportunity will be lost to transform the current shameful response to some of our most disadvantaged and vulnerable women, and their families.  We will be left with a broken system that fails victims and communities.”
About Women in Prison: 
Founded in 1983, Women in Prison (WIP) is a national charity that supports women affected by the criminal justice system in prison, the community and with three women’s centres in Woking, Manchester and Lambeth, London. Our combined services provide support for advocacy, complex needs, domestic and sexual violence, physical health, mental health, substance misuse, parenting and education. Our community projects include diversion schemes for women at early stages of involvement in the criminal justice system. Women in Prison is leading the 2020 Ambition to halve the women’s prison population to 2,020 by 2020. 



Claire Cain
Policy & Campaigns Manager
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