Penal Reform International - Workbook on Women in detention: putting the UN Bangkok Rules on women prisoners into practice


Penal Reform International - Women in the criminal justice system: key external resources


United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules)


UNODC’s Handbook on Women and Imprisonment


Commission on Women Offenders in Scotland 2012

A review by Dame Angiolini which has led to major changes in the shape and delivery of justice for women offenders in Scotland as well as contributing to wider justice reform.


Preventing the Deaths of Women in Prison – initial results of a rapid information gathering exercise by the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody

In 2017, the IAP carried out a rapid evidence collection on women in prison. Vital information was provided by over 60 women prisoners across the English estate and 45 health and justice professionals. Read the report at:  


All-Parliamentary Party Group on Women in the Penal System’s report on the inquiry into preventing the unnecessary criminalisation of women. 


Corston Review (2007)

A review of women with Particular Vulnerabilities in the Criminal Justice system in England.


The Griffin Society sponsor research to bring about change in how women and girls are dealt with in the criminal justice system in collaboration with the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge. Learn more about the society here

An example of their work includes "Prison as a Place of Safety for Women with Complex Mental Health needs" 


HM Inspectorate of Prisons, 2014 Expectations; Criteria for assessing the treatment of and conditions for women in prison.


HM Inspectorate of Probation report on women's services



 The charity’s research shows that the following issues are raised time and time again: histories of significant disadvantage and complex needs, inappropriate use of imprisonment given the offence, isolation from families, prisons unable to meet women's complex needs, poor medical care and limited access to therapeutic services in prison, and unsafe prison environments and cells.


Prisons and Probations Ombudsman Learning Lessons Bulletin – Self-inflicted deaths among women prisoners


Prison Reform Trust - Troubled Inside (2003)




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