Number of women in prison rising

Prison Reform Trust has published the summer 2017 edition of the Bromley Briefings. The report finds that the population of women in prison has increased to nearly 4,000. Peter Dawson, Director of the Prison Reform Trust, said: “Progress on creating a more effective and humane system for the small minority of women who offend has been painfully slow for years. But now it seems to have ground to a halt altogether. This alarming rise in the number of women needlessly behind bars highlights the urgent need for the new government to turn fine words into action. The evidence highlighted in our briefing could not be clearer—good community provision works better than prison, costs less, and keeps families together. We need investment in a national network of women’s centres, not new prisons.”

Read the report here