Women’s experiences in the criminal justice system
Purpose of the consultation
As part of a series of short inquiries looking at experiences in the criminal justice system, the Equality and Social Justice Committee is looking strategically at women’s experiences across the criminal justice system, with a view to identifying issues that may need a greater focus.
This inquiry will focus on the provision of services for female offenders, alongside seeking to improve understanding of the distinct needs and vulnerabilities of women who offend.
Terms of reference
As part of this work, the Committee will consider:
>>> the progress being made, if any, by the Welsh Government in realising its ambitions for the transformation of services for female offenders including implementation of the Female Offending Blueprint;
>>> the evidence for the development of Women’s Rehabilitation Centres and arguments for reducing custodial sentences for women in Wales, including views on the Women’s Centre that will open in Swansea; and
>>> the availability of appropriate custodial provision and support for different groups of women including girls under the age of 18, disabled women, those with mental health problems, women from ethnic minorities, those who have experienced sexual violence or domestic abuse, women with alcohol or drug problems, and Welsh speaking women.
The Committee is currently inviting views on the Terms of Reference and will be holding oral evidence sessions in the Autumn term. The deadline for submissions is 10.00 on 23 September.
Providing Written Evidence
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Disclosure of information
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Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:
Equality and Social Justice Committee
Telephone: 0300 200 6565