In June 2011, the Scottish Government setup the ‘Commission on Women Offenders in Scotland’ in response to figures showing that Scotland’s female prison population had doubled over the past 10 years.
The Commission was tasked with finding more effective ways of dealing with women in the criminal justice system. In 2012, the Commission published a report of their findings and made a total of 37 recommendations for changes that were needed to improve outcomes for women in the criminal justice system.
This included establishing local community justice centres that could provide interventions and support for women offenders at every stage of the criminal justice system. The Trust is interested in exploring if and how women’s centres can be co-designed with local women that provide space, activities, services and support for all women including those who are in or are at risk of becoming in the criminal justice system.
Find out more about this Innovation and Learning Programme in this briefing paper.