Data and reducing the size of the female estate
Finally, the Lord Chancellor promised an annual statement will be laid before the House of Commons and the House of Lords outlining “current prison capacity, future demand, the range of system costs that would be incurred under different scenarios and our forward pipeline of prison build.”
Transparent sharing of data and decision-making is important, but there is no justification for the expansion of the women’s prison estate. Moreover, reporting on progress against a goal of creating more places directly contradicts the aim to reduce the female prison population, as set out in the government’s Female Offenders Strategy. These annual updates should therefore provide alternative solutions to expanding the female prison estate and set out how the government is tackling projections that the female custody population will increase, rather than the number of new prison places they are creating.
If you have any specific questions on our work around women and girls in contact with the criminal justice system, please contact our Policy, Research and Campaigns Manager Maisie on email@example.com.