To mark International Women’s Day 2013 (8th March), the PCA would like to celebrate the efforts of Probation Trusts and other criminal justice sector partners in their work with women offenders.
Evidence shows that a gender informed approach is more effective in reducing the female prison population, reoffending and the number of women and girls entering the Criminal Justice System. To this end and at a local level, Probation Trusts in England & Wales have worked in a variety of ways to support and compliment Women’s Community Services. Many Probation Trusts are now working in partnership with statutory and voluntary partners to develop new and bespoke projects to support women using their expertise and knowledge to help shape the future of women’s services in an outcome focused environment.
Liz Rijnenberg, PCA lead on womens offenders and CEO of Wiltshire Probation Trust, in her leadership blog looks at current efforts of criminal justice sector providers to offer women offenders a distinct solution; http://localhost/2013/01/03/women-offenders-a-distinct-group-who-need-a-distinct-solution/
In our recent case-study series, we covered the story of Rachel, a ‘low-risk’ woman offender managed by the public Probation Service; http://localhost/2013/01/23/case-study-probations-management-of-a-breach-of-sentence-for-a-low-risk-offender/
The PCA has also recently submitted evidence to the Parliamentary Justice select committee’s ongoing inquiry into women offenders; http://localhost/2012/10/22/justice-select-committee-inquiry-into-women-offenders/