Women’s Breakout policy update 22 September to 22 October 2016

Women’s Breakout policy update 22 September to 22 October 2016
Policy, legislation and parliamentary highlights relevant to women, criminal justice and the women’s community sector in England.

Highlights this month:

  • Following a joint statement, MOJ and HMCTS have launched a joint consultation ‘Transforming our justice system’, setting out plans to achieve reform and ‘modernise and upgrade’ the justice system with greater use of technology. You can respond here, before 10 November 2016.
  • Yvette Cooper, the former shadow home secretary, has been elected chair of theHome Affairs Committee.
  • An inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation, ‘A thematic inspection of the provision and quality of services in the community for women who offend‘ found that whilst probation staff are doing some excellent work with women who commit crime, their efforts are hampered by a lack of accommodation for women, doubts over the future of Women’s Centres, and a lack of funding. “It is disappointing to see that progress has stalled…Women’s centres need recognition, support and funding so that they can continue to help these women and make communities safer,” said Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation.
  • A joint inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons of ‘Through the Gate Resettlement Services for Short-Term Prisoners found the picture was more positive for women with more services available to help them than men. In the cases they saw, in HMP New Hall, women prisoners were more likely than men to have had their needs met at the point of release. As more women’s prisons are visited during future Through the Gate inspections a clearer picture will emerge as to whether this is replicated across the prison estate.

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