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Women and Criminal JusticeFrom the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation$
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Jo Brayford and John Deering

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319306

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319306.001.0001

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Women’s centres

Women’s centres

(p.119) Seven Women’s centres
Women and Criminal Justice

Leeanne Plechowicz

Policy Press

A key proposal of the Corston Report was the funding of a large network of holistic, community-based, ‘one stop shops’ for women in accordance with a centrally co-ordinated national strategic plan. Baroness Corston envisaged that women's centres should be used for women who offend or crucially are ‘at risk of offending’, as a diversion from police stations and court, as part of a package of intervention via community sentences, and to provide a ‘real alternative to prison’ (Corston 2007: 10). This chapter outlines the concept of women’s centres and considers why they were viewed as such an important step in supporting female offenders and reducing women’s risk of offending in England and Wales. It goes on to explore the women’s centres progress (or lack thereof) over the intervening years and considers the positive and negative possibilities for their future in light of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.

Keywords:   women offenders, women’s centres, one stop shops, holistic, women only, empowerment, practical support

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