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RR3 | Breaking the cycle of women's offending: A system re-design

The Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3) has undertaken a swift action-planning exercise looking at routes of girls and women into the Criminal Justice System.

The TFG proposes a fundamental transformation in the way that criminal justice services are designed, commissioned and delivered for girls and women at risk of offending, underpinned by a gender-responsive approach. This could be operationalised through a system re-design that draws upon the specialist expertise of women’s community support services and learning from current desistance research. The headline recommendations of this report outline a framework for delivering a system re-design and these are followed by a series of interim recommendations to address the immediate challenges to current custodial and community provision. These two sets of recommendations should not be viewed in isolation but as complementary and overlapping. It is the narratives of the current system, for example the intergenerational harm experienced by children of prisoners, that call for a fundamental rethink. More in depth and contextualised recommendations can be found in the full paper. 

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