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 are reconvicted within one year of leaving prison. This rises to 61% for sentences of less than 12 months and to 78% for women who have served more than 11 previous custodial sentences.


of women in prison report committing offences in order to get money to buy drugs.

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  • 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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