Women offenders: follow-up - Justice Contents

3  Conclusion

32. Overall, we believe that positive steps are being made in meeting the needs of women offenders, and we welcome the Minister's personal determination to reduce the women's prison population and improve and increase the programmes of support available to female offenders to help them take responsibility and improve their lives. The greater energy with which the Government has begun to address the issue of women offenders needs to be sustained and continued by the next Government: this applies to matters such as reliable funding of women's centres, the effectiveness of rehabilitative provision for women by Community Rehabilitation Companies, and the potential of smaller custodial units. We want to see more effective provision for women offenders, making it possible for there to be a substantial fall in the women's prison population in the coming months and years. We recommend that our successor Committee in the next Parliament continue to monitor this subject closely.

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