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Prison Sentences: Females

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many females were given custodial sentences in each of the last three years. (310827)

The requested information is provided in the following table.

Total females given custodial sentences, 2005 to 2007

Immediate custody

Suspended sentence

Total custodial sentences














Justice Statistics Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

This table is also available in Sentencing Statistics 2007, table 2.9. Data are available in the following link

Sentencing Statistics 2008 will be published on 28 January 2010.

The Government take the issue of women’s offending very seriously. On 14 December 2009 Maria Eagle made a statement to Parliament and published the Government’s Strategy for Diverting Women Away from Custody. In the report we have committed to reduce the women’s prison estate by 300 places by March 2011 with an additional 100 places by March 2012 and divert resources from custody to the community to sustain the multi-agency community services we have established through our grant funding project which we announced on 3 February 2009.

To take forward this grants project we have committed £15.6 million of new funding over two years, to invest in the provision of additional services in the community for women offenders, who are not a danger to the public, and women at risk of offending. Since then we have agreed in excess of £9 million of the funding to 31 third sector organisations to build capacity of women’s community projects and other specialist provision for women in the community; a further £1 million has been used to continue the Together Women Projects in the north west and Yorkshire and Humberside.