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Administration of Justice: Females

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what gender-sensitive policies and procedures his Department has introduced for women in the criminal justice system in the last five years. (304443)

The information requested is as follows:

We have:

(a) agreed funding for a total 31 Women's Community Projects to provide additional services in the community to women at risk of offending and previous offenders;

(b) introduced gender specific standards which ensure an appropriate response to women prisoners, including on searching, implemented in all women's prisons this year;

(c) published in May 2008 an Offender Management Guide for working with women and National Service Framework to improve services to women offenders.

In addition a Consultation Paper by the Sentencing Advisory Panel addressing important principles of sentencing of women offenders was issued in December 2008.