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


of women in prison are serving sentences for drug offences.


of women surveyed said that they had used heroin, crack, or cocaine powder in the four weeks prior to custody.


Only 12% of employers surveyed said that they had employed somebody with a criminal record in the past three years.

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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