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Improving outcomes for female offenders

In 2018, the Ministry of Justice (the Department) published a Female Offender Strategy, committing to reduce the imprisonment of vulnerable women who could be better supported in the community. The strategy aims to reduce the number of women entering the criminal justice system; increase the use of community sentences; reduce short custodial sentences, and deliver a better experience for those in custody.

This report will assess government’s progress in achieving the aims of the strategy. It will explore:

  • Whether the Department has a clear plan for how it will achieve the objectives set out in its strategy;
  • Whether the strategy is being delivered in line with the Department’s plans, and
  • Whether the Department is on track to meet the objectives and achieve the benefits set out in the strategy.

If you wish to provide evidence for this report, please email The report team will consider all evidence that is submitted but may not be able to respond to people individually.