Commenting on the findings of conditions at HMP & YOI Bronzefield by HM Inspectorate of Prisons today (11 May), Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust said:

“Despite impressive work in some areas, so many of the problems documented in this report are simply beyond the scope of one prison to solve. Too many women with serious mental health problems are entering prison instead of treatment and care in the community. And too many women are leaving prison without stable accommodation. The government already has a female offenders strategy which, if properly resourced and backed with a detailed plan for implementation, would go some way to fixing these problems. Vulnerable women in prison need more than warm words from ministers. They need them to deliver on their promises.”