Community Sentences

Justice written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Charlotte Atkins Charlotte Atkins Labour, Staffordshire Moorlands

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to tailor community sentences to women offenders.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Government recognise that women offenders have specific needs which are being addressed in the design of community sentences in order to reducing their reoffending. The Community Order introduced in 2005 enables courts to tailor community sentences to the needs of all offenders. Both nationally and at probation area levels, we are looking to increase the provision of community-based sentences for women including the availability of women-only settings for their delivery. We are also looking to increase the skills and knowledge within the probation service to enable staff to deliver appropriate interventions that will enable more women to complete their sentence successfully.

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