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Females: Alternatives to Prison

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Minister for Women what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on alternatives to imprisonment for women. (164687)

[holding answer 19 November 2007]: I have had many discussions with ministerial colleagues on this subject. On 6 December 2007, the Government published its response to Baroness Corston's Review, which is available at:

In our response, we agreed to promote the effective use of community orders as an alternative to custody. They will emphasise a demanding regime of contact hours, and a mixture of punitive and rehabilitative requirements, including a more extensive use of curfews. In addition, in our response to Baroness Corston’s Review, we made a commitment to set up projects, which will report next April, to look at alternatives to custody and review the future of the women's prison estate.