Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has pledged his support for Women in Prison’s campaign to open up women’s futures.
Women in Prison is a national organisation that provides support to women affected by the criminal justice system. It campaigns to end the harm caused to women, their families and their communities by imprisonment.
Their core campaign is to significantly reduce the women’s prison population and for investment and growth in community-based support services.
Women in Prison is currently running a campaign around 10 solutions that it says will “open up women’s future in every community”. These include having a women’s centre in every local authority, ending prison sentences relating to the punishment of debt and minimising the harm to children when primary carers are sentenced.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The UK should be a global leader when it comes to reducing the human and financial cost of imprisonment. This is why I support Women in Prison’s ‘Open Up’ manifesto.
“One year on from the publication of the Ministry of Justice’s “Female Offender Strategy”, it is clear that the strategy can only succeed if women’s centres are given the support and investment that is needed to ensure growth and sustainability.”