Commenting on the findings of the Public Accounts Committee report on improving outcomes for women in the criminal justice system (28 April), Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust said:

“This is a forensic dismantling of the government’s wholly inadequate approach to implementing its strategy to reduce offending by women. Ever since its publication, we and many other organisations have been making the same arguments as the Public Accounts Committee, to a succession of different ministers, and all to no avail. As with so much of the criminal justice system, the government’s deeds have not matched its rhetoric — most obviously in its decision to invest over 20 times more in building prisons for women than in implementing its own policy of reducing the need for them in the first place.

“The committee’s precise description of what should happen now is very welcome. Ministers should be thoroughly embarrassed that it has taken such an intervention to hold them to account for the promises they’ve made.”