Spending on prisons fell by more than a fifth between 2009/10 and 2016/17. As with many other areas of Tory cuts, this has harmed the most vulnerable people in society.
In 2007 Baroness Corston led a review of vulnerable women in prison. One of the key recommendations was to create ‘Corston Projects’ such as Eden House in Bristol.
Eden House does excellent work helping vulnerable women make positive changes to their lives, reducing the risk of reoffending. But the staff there tell me their work has been seriously limited by cuts in recent years.
I welcome the Government announcement that they will put more funds into residential alternatives to custody (although calling this a new idea is a bit rich!). I hope this means they will be reinstating much-needed funds they cut from places like Eden House over the last decade.