On Tuesday 5 December, I asked the government what its plans were to improve the treatment of women in the criminal justice system. It is 10 years since Baroness Jean Corston (the former MP for Bristol East) published a landmark report which recommended that we change the experiences women have in our justice system.
On Tuesday, I asked the government what steps they were taking to implement the report’s recommendations. The minister’s promise of a published strategy was welcome, but overdue. I’m chasing up the minister’s response in the form of a written question. I hope that any strategy that is produced provides proper funding for excellent services such as Eden House in Bristol which work creatively to help women who have been experienced the criminal justice system.
It is 10 years since the Corston report. Can the Minister update us on the progress the Government are making in meeting all 43 of Baroness Corston’s recommendations, in particular funding for specialist units such as Eden House in Bristol?
Phillip Lee (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice)
The Corston report was the very first document I read on being made the relevant Minister in July 2016, and it is a very good document. Since then I have worked tirelessly, along with my officials, to develop a women’s strategy that goes some way to meeting the challenges set by Baroness Corston. I recently met the Corston funding group to discuss the proposals that we will bring forward when the strategy is published.
You can watch the exchange below: