Justice Committee - Second Report
Women offenders: after the Corston Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 3 July 2013.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Our inquiry

Overview of the Corston Report

The Government's response

Trends in women's offending and sentencing

Characteristics of women who offend and those at risk of offending

A distinct approach

2 Progress since the Corston Report

Overview of progress

Governance arrangements and other drivers to implement the agenda

The appointment of new Ministerial champion

A strategy for women offenders

Equality duties

Subsequent reports

The Government's strategic priorities

New governance arrangements

3 Enhancing provision in the community

The sentencing framework and sentencing practice

Use of custody for women

The development of a network of women's centres

Other forms of women's community provision

Limitations on sentencing options

Segmentation of women offenders

Sentencing guidelines

Gaps in provision for women offenders


Mental health

High risk women


Funding for women's community services

Funding 2013-2014

Funding for other provision

Local commissioning and co-commissioning arrangements

4 The implications for women offenders of the Transforming Rehabilitation proposals

Potential opportunities

Potential challenges

The application of payment by results to services for women

Future funding arrangements for women's centres

Research evidence on which to base commissioning decisions

A missed opportunity to reduce the use of custody?

Realising the broader social benefits of a distinct approach for women

5 The custodial estate and regimes

The review of the custodial estate

Priorities for the review

Developing regimes to meet women's needs

Foreign National Prisoners

The ethos of regimes

Staffing and training

Self-harm and deaths in custody

The configuration of the estate

Small custodial units

The role of Approved Premises and other forms of supported accommodation

6 An effective 'whole system' approach?

An integrated approach to vulnerable women and their families

Lessening the inter-generational impact of crime

Addressing the root causes of the vulnerabilities identified by Baroness Corston

Political courage

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

List of additional written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Oral and Written Evidence

18 December 2012

15 January 2013

29 January 2013

05 March 2013

26 March 2013

Written Evidence

Additional Written Evidence

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