Offenders: Females

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th April 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to improve the management of female offenders in the criminal justice system.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

In June 2018, the Government published its Female Offender Strategy which set out the vision to see fewer women coming into the criminal justice system, a greater proportion managed successfully in the community, and better conditions for those in custody.

Since publishing the strategy, the Government has invested £5m to support community provision for female offenders and women at risk of offending. In December 2018, we published updated operational instruction and guidance with the ‘Women’s Policy Framework’ and we plan to publish a national concordat on female offenders this summer.

In the strategy we committed to developing a ‘residential women’s centre’ pilot in at least 5 sites across England and Wales. We have recently concluded our first phase of consultation with stakeholders, partners and providers to inform our scoping and will continue to consult with partners as we refine the design and delivery of the pilot.

We also look forward to receiving the findings and recommendations from Lord Farmer’s review on the importance of family ties for women in custody and community, which is due to be reported to Ministers in the coming weeks.

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