A women’s prison service, 1997

Submitted by: Social & Employment Issues 

NCW in Conference assembled (i) concerned that the increase in the prison population and the tightening of security regulations has disadvantaged conditions and regimes in women’s prisons, (ii) believing that the essential differences and needs of male and female prisoners should be governed by separate rules and regulations, (iii) welcomes the publication of the Chief Inspector of Prisons’ Review ‘Women in Prison’ (1997) and calls on the Home Secretary to implement the key recommendations in Chapter 12, giving priority to: (a) 12.01, which calls for the appointment of a Director of Women’s Prisons to be responsible for their management and accountable to the Director General of the Prison Service; and (b) 12.11, which urges that Prison establishments should not be used to hold juveniles.

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