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Justice Minister Victoria Atkins questioned on women in prison

1 November 2021

The Justice Committee holds the concluding session of its inquiry into Women in Prison on Tuesday 2 November when it takes evidence from Prisons Minister Victoria Atkins and senior civil servants.

Purpose of the session

The Government published its Female Offender Strategy in 2018 setting out how it planned to improve outcomes for female offenders in the prison system. In the strategy, the Government outlined its aims of using prison as a measure of last resort and providing support in community settings were appropriate.

In this evidence session the Justice Committee will investigate what progress has been made in reaching these aims, and wider issues relating to women in prison highlighted in the course of the inquiry. This will include how the health and wellbeing of women prisoners is protected and the impact of measures to reduce self-harm and deaths in custody. It will also examine the quality of support and continuity of care as women leave prison.


From 2.30pm:

  • Victoria Atkins MP, Minister of State for Prisons and Minster for Afghan Resettlement
  • Jo Farrar, Second Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice and Chief Executive Officer, HM Prison & Probation Service
  • Kate Davies CBE, Director of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Referral Centres (SARCs), NHS England

Further information

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