Resources and Publications

The Prison Reform Trust has published a number of reports, briefings and consultation responses on issues relating to women in the criminal justice system…



"There's a reason why we're in trouble" - Domestic abuse as a driver to women's offending

December 2017

This report identifies strong links between women's experience of domestic and sexual abuse and coercive relationships, and their offending.

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The Criminal Bar Association has produced an accompanying briefing on the defences available for women defendants who are victims/survivors of domestic abuse. Download here



Triage and diversion: Getting it right 24/7

November 2017

Report of a seminar held early 2017 with Police Scotland considering the benefits and opportunities of early interventions for women.

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Why focus on reducing women's imprisonment in Scotland?

November 2017

An updated briefing highlighting progress made in Scotland, it contains key facts and figures on women imprisoned in Scotland, the characteristics of women in prison and the drivers to their offending, as well as information about community-based services and solutions.

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Counted Out: Black, Asian and minority ethnic women in the criminal justice system

August 2017

This briefing highlights the different experiences of women from minority ethnic groups in the criminal  justice system. We propose measures to help ensure that women are not disadvantaged in their contact with criminal justice agencies because they are Black, Gypsy, Roma or Traveller, Asian, Muslim or from any other minority ethnic or religious group.

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Fair Cop? Improving outcomes for women at the point of arrest

March 2017

This briefing looks at the variations in how police forces deal with women who come into the criminal justice system, and provides solutions and examples of positive work being delivered by police to tackle low level, non-violent crime committed by women.

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Why focus on reducing women's imprisonment?

February 2017

This updated briefing summarises the evidence relating to women in the criminal justice system and builds the case for reducing the imprisonment of women for minor offences

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Download the Scottish supplement here.




Leading Change: the role of local authorities in supporting women with multiple needs

October 2016

This report sets out the case for change and suggests practical ways in which local authorities can prioritise and address the needs of some of the most vulnerable citizens in their local area.

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Home truths: housing for women in the criminal justice system

September 2016

This report summarises research on housing for women in the criminal justice system, identifies the barriers they face and highlights best practice across the UK

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Women and Criminal Justice in Scotland: event report

March 2016

This report provides a summary of the discussions that took place at the 'Women and Criminal Justice in Scotland' event that Prison Reform Trust jointly hosted with the Criminal Justice Sector Voluntary Forum (CJSVF).

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Sentencing of Mothers: Improving the sentencing process
and outcomes for women with dependent children

November 2015

This discussion paper provides an overview of current sentencing practice for women with dependent children and sets out a number of proposals for improving the
operation of the justice system.

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Why focus on reducing women's imprisonment

July 2015

This briefing summarises the evidence relating to women in the criminal justice system and builds the case for reducing the imprisonment of women for minor offences

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Transforming Lives: Reducing Women's Imprisonment

January 2015

This report, based upon evidence collected by the Soroptimists, provides a country-by-country overview of current practice relating to women in the criminal justice system

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Download the Scotland-specific section of the report here
Download the Wales-specific section of the report here
  



Working it out: Employment for women offenders

January 2015

This briefing summarises research on employment opportunities and outcomes for women offenders, identifies the particular barriers they face and highlights good practice in the community and in custody

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Brighter Futures

March 2014

This report profiles innovative approaches to reducing women’s offending and calls for the development of coordinated services that bring together police, health, women’s services and local authorities to help women turn their lives around.

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International good practice: alternatives to imprisonment for women offenders

September 2013

An information resource produced by the Prison Reform Trust to inspire and support efforts to reduce the unnecessary imprisonment of women.

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Action Pack: Reducing Women's Imprisonment

April 2013

This action pack has been produced by the Prison Reform Trust in partnership with the Soroptimist UK Programme Action Committee to inform and support the Soroptimists’ campaign to end the unnecessary imprisonment of women in the UK.

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No Way Out: A briefing paper on foreign national women in prison in England and Wales

January 2012

This briefing, drawing on the experience and work of the charity FPWP Hibiscus, the Female Prisoners Welfare Project, recommendations which could be used to inform a much-needed national strategy for the management of foreign national women in the justice system.

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Reforming Women's Justice: The Final Report of the Women's Justice Taskforce

June 2011

The final report of the Women's Justice Taskforce summarises the wide-ranging review of women's justice and makes a series of reccomendations for reform of the system

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Lacking conviction: The rise of the women's remand population

August 2004

This report reveals a widespread misuse of custody and examines its impact on some of the most vulnerable women in society.

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Troubled Inside: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Women in Prison 

2003

This report draws on conference papers and recent research findings to improve and accelerate the response from the authorities to women offenders with mental health needs, so that they get the treatment they need, and fewer are imprisoned inappropriately

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