Work to address women's offending can continue at 26 community projects thanks to a one off £3.2m funding deal between the National Offender Management Service and the Corston Independent Funders' Coalition
Local projects to turn women away from crime and help them address their problems have been up and running for two years after receiving an initial grant from the Ministry of Justice. Following the additional funding announced today these projects will now work to establish funding through local partnerships.
This funding will mean women's community services can continue to deliver approved programmes including drug and alcohol treatment whilst working in collaboration with probation, police and other agencies.
Minister for Prisons and Probation, Crispin Blunt, said:
'I am delighted to see an example of local communities playing a fundamental role in criminal justice. This one-off funding package from National Offender Management Service (NOMS and the Corston Coalition will keep the doors to these centres open for 2011/12. However, it has always been the aim to embed the projects locally and going forward this will be a key focus for each centre.'
In 2012/13, it is a NOMS commitment to continue funding projects with a proven track record of tackling offending behaviour amongst women.
As part of the 2007 Corston Review, Baroness Corston made clear that women who do not pose a risk to the public, must be diverted from custody. Since then, considerable work has been done to rehabilitate women through intensive community punishment coupled with support and these projects are the driving force behind this work.
Peter Kilgarriff, Chief Executive of the LankellyChase Foundation, representing the Corston Coalition, said:
'The Corston Coalition is delighted to be working with the Ministry of Justice to ensure that women's community services remain an integral part of the criminal justice system. We are particularly pleased that NOMS have committed to commission effective services into the future from 2012. We look forward to more women getting a chance to change their lives and stop offending.'
The Ministry of Justice will shortly be publishing our response to the Green Paper consultation, Breaking the Cycle, which sets out our plan to overhaul the way offenders are punished and rehabilitated.