The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women in the Penal System established an inquiry into women’s health and well-being in prison to consider what steps needed to be taken to improve women’s health and prevent harm.
This document presents the results of the APPG inquiry. Findings reveal:
- The prison system as a whole is designed around the needs of a male majority. Prison rules and prison policy neither support nor prioritise women’s health and well-being.
- The prison environment exacerbates health inequalities for Black and minority ethnic women.
- The Prisons Strategy White Paper is a missed opportunity to address the needs of women in the criminal justice system and to reduce the harm caused by imprisonment.