Women’s Breakout is the only organisation that exists to shape national and local approaches to working with women who present with vulnerabilities and are in contact with, or at risk of becoming involved in, the Criminal Justice System.

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Key facts about women in the Criminal Justice System


A survey of prisoners found that nearly half of all women (48%) reported having committed offences to support someone else’s drug use.


of all women in prison and 28% of women serving sentences of under 12 months had no previous convictions.


of women in prison are aged 40 and over.

Featured Case Study

  • Clean Break, London, Michelle's story

    "I came here just sober but didn’t realise how far I still had to go. I had no social skills and I had 'keep away' written on my head. My self-confidence was on the floor."

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