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House of Commons Hansard
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05 February 2019
Volume 654
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12. What progress the Government have made on implementing the recommendations of the Farmer review, published in August 2017. [908999]

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I pay tribute to Lord Farmer for this review. We have accepted all its recommendations and have implemented more than half of them. I meet Lord Farmer very regularly, most recently last Sunday, because we realise that good family ties can reduce reoffending by 37%.

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Women prisoners face particular difficulties when parted from their families—as do their families. What consideration has been given to this issue?

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The specific issue raised by my hon. Friend relates to women in the criminal justice system, many of whom are the primary care givers. So putting those women in prison has a very serious impact on their children, many of whom, unfortunately, then go on to commit crime themselves. We have therefore commissioned Lord Farmer to do a review looking specifically at the family ties of women.