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Alternatives to Prison: Females

Justice written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the provision of alternatives to custody for women offenders; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has provided funding to help sustain a network of women-only community provision and has given a commitment to services with a proven track record of tackling offending behaviour among women from 2012-13. NOMS also makes available accommodation to defendants, who would otherwise be remanded in custody, through the Bail Accommodation and Support Service. Finally, we are working with the Department of Health to ensure that offenders with mental health problems receive treatment in the most appropriate and secure setting necessary.

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