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Women in Prison


This inquiry seeks to understand the progress made over the past 10 years to address female offending and reduce the number of women in custody. We also seek to understand how well female offenders’ needs are met in custody.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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First Report - Women in Prison
Inquiry Women in Prison
HC 265
Response to this report
Fourth Special Report- Women in Prison: Government Response
HC 802
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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2 November 2021
Inquiry Women in Prison
Witnesses Victoria Atkins (Minister of State for Prisons at Ministry of Justice), Dr Jo Farrar (Second Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, and Chief Executive Officer at HM Prison and Probation Service), and Kate Davies CBE (Director of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Referral Centres (SARCs) at NHS England)
Oral Evidence
19 October 2021
Inquiry Women in Prison
Witnesses Laura Seebohm (Executive Director Innovation and Policy at Changing Lives), Vicky Davis (Eastwood Park Team Manager at The Nelson Trust), Dr Jenny Earle (Adviser to the London Prisons Mission at Safe Homes for Women Leaving Prison Initiative), Sandra Fieldhouse (Inspector, Leader of the Women's Inspection Team at HM Inspectorate of Prisons), Juliet Lyon CBE (Chair at Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody), and Sue McAllister CB (Prison and Probation Ombudsman)
Oral Evidence
14 September 2021
Inquiry Women in Prison
Witnesses Dr Cath Durkin (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust), Dr Amanda Brown (GP at HMP Bronzefield), Jenny Talbot, National Women's Prisons Health and Social Care Review (Independent Chair at National Women's Prisons Health and Social Care Review), Francesca Cooney (Head of Policy at Prisoner Education Trust), and Annick Platt (Director of Operations at Novus)
Oral Evidence
KeyRing (WOP0078)
Dr Lucy Baldwin (Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University) (WOP0021)
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) (WOP0083)

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