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Females: Alternatives to Imprisonment

Volume 485: debated on Monday 8 December 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on alternatives to imprisonment for women. (240282)

I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on this matter in my capacity as Ministerial Champion for Women in the Criminal Justice System and through the inter-ministerial group on reducing re-offending and the ministerial sub-group on Corston. The Government are fully committed to providing appropriate alternatives to custody for women who are not violent or dangerous, in line with recommendations set out in Baroness Corston’s review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system. A progress report one year on from the Government’s response to Baroness Corston’s review will be published later this month and will outline progress and future plans on this important issue.