Through the gate
Help ‘through the gate’ to ensure that even if prison is the only option, women are able to turn their lives around on release.
In order to address the needs of women in custody, TWP has established a drop-in centre within HMP New Hall. This centre is modelled on our community bases and operates a similar range of services. Support focuses on their lives outside of prison, as well as inside.
51% of women leaving prison are reconvicted within one year - for those serving sentences of less than 12 months this increases to 62%.
(Adult reconvictions results, 2009 cohort, Ministry of Justice, 2009.)
TWP delivers a number of services that help to address the women’s needs whilst in custody and on preparation for release. We work ‘through the gate’ to promote positive resettlement back into the community, and our individual, flexible support plans ensure that women leaving prison have fundamental needs like housing and welfare benefits addressed prior to discharge. This helps mothers to resume responsibility for children and provides the route to successful family life after release.
Every year 17,000 children are separated from their mothers by imprisonment. Only 9% are then cared for by their father. The rest (more than 15,000) are in care of social services or family/friends.
(Howard League for Penal Reform)