Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has called on the UK Government to open women’s centres in Wales as part of its Female Offender Strategy.
Speaking during a debate in Parliament on the strategy, Chris raised the specific rehabilitation challenges faced by women prisoners in Wales, which are inflated by there being no facility specifically for female offenders in Wales.
The Female Offender Strategy was launched by the government in June 2018, seeking to improve outcomes for women in the UK’s criminal justice system by tackling the underlying causes of re-offending.
Pressures on local government resources due to ongoing austerity measures from the UK Government have added to the issues facing women prisoners in Wales. Chris has regularly raised the issues facing women prisoners on numerous occasions since he was first elected.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“I’ve always said that I would never advocate the need for a women’s prison in Wales but we can’t hide from the fact that our criminal justice system is failing Welsh female offenders in its current form.
“A women’s centre – or ideally several women’s centres – would be an effective means of helping to ensure women can be successfully rehabilitated back into our communities when they are convicted of a crime.
“Providing improved support for people who fall foul of the law benefits all of us in the long-term. It makes for safer communities and reduced costs to the taxpayer while also helping to allow women to escape from the vicious cycle of criminality.”
Chris will be continuing to raise the issues facing women prisoners in light of the change in ministerial leadership at the Ministry of Justice.