Constitutional Affairs Committee
Women Offenders: After The Corston Report
HC 92, Second Report of Session 2013-14 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Justice Committee
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The report 'Women Offenders: After The Corston Report (HC 92)' examines the developments in Government policy and practice toward women offenders in the criminal justice system following the 2007 publication of 'The Corston Report', which made a number of recommendations for improvements to the women's criminal justice system.
The Committee finds that although progress has been made since the Corston recommendations, a number of concerns remain.
The main concerns of the Committee include:
the women's prison population has not fallen sufficiently fast;
over half of women offenders continue to receive ineffective short-custodial sentences; and
mental health and substance misuse treatment which could reduce use of custody remains unavailable to Courts in sufficient volume.
The Committee recommends more emphasis to be placed on ensuring courts are provided with robust alternatives to custody specifically appropriate to women. Maintaining a network of women's centres and using residential alternatives to custody are likely to be more effective and cheaper in the long run than short custodial sentences.
Government plans to introduce payment-by-results in probation services need to be redesigned in respect of women offenders, who are often classified as presenting a lower risk of reoffending, so that they receive the intensive tailored support they need.
The Government's strategic priorities for women offenders lack substance and in particular must take a broader approach to supporting women at risk of reoffending and addressing the inter-generational nature of crime.
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