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Leeds Seminar: What about the women? (5 July 2017)

This is a new Academy service for Leeds and the inaugural seminar focussed on women in the criminal justice system.


5 July, 2017


Sonia Crozier

Executive Director for Probation and Women HM Prison and Probation Service

Women currently make up around 5% of the prison population in England and Wales, with their numbers under 4000 since 2013. With the majority of offenders being male, there is a risk that the needs of women in prison and in the community are not being sufficiently addressed in order to promote their effective rehabilitation.

In this free seminar Sonia, who has responsibility for women offenders in prisons and probation, set out what we know about women in the criminal justice system. She also shared her views on how prisons and probation are working together to address the needs of this often vulnerable and sometimes challenging group of offenders, to more effectively promote their rehabilitation, whilst keeping their communities safe.

Please see the slide pack for more information.

Leeds Academy seminar:What about the women? (slide pack)

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Published 4 May 2017