Welcome to the Women's Programme


The Prison Reform Trust has long called for a reduction in women’s imprisonment in the UK and a step change in how the criminal justice system responds to the needs of women…

On our Women’s Programme pages you will find a range of resources relating to the policy and practice of women in the criminal justice system.

Why Women?

While there are signs of progress more work is needed to improve outcomes for women in the criminal justice system.

  • Across the UK, more than 13,500 women are imprisoned each year.

  • Women entering prison are more likely to have been imprisoned for non-violent offences.

  • Women in prison are highly likely to be victims as well as offenders. More than half (53%) report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child.,

Contact us

If you would like to know more about our work on women in the criminal justice system we would love to hear from you.

You can contact us in the following ways:

  • By email: womensprogramme@prisonreformtrust.org.uk

  • By phone: 020 7251 5070

  • By post: Women's Programme, 15 Northburgh St, London EC1V 0JR

  • On Twitter: @PRTuk

  • Newsletter: For regular progress reports, subscribe to the Prison Reform Trust newsletter.