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February 2023

Invisible Women: Hope, health, and staff-prisoner relationships

In the last thirty years, the number of women serving an indeterminate sentence has grown from 96 in 1991, to 370 in June 2022. However, the lack of visibility of women serving long prison sentences in policy and advocacy debates means their experiences are not fully recognised.

Published as part of the Building Futures programme, this briefing is informed by working group discussions, letters and emails from women serving long sentences, overwhelmingly, the women talk about hope, health and staff relationships. This briefing makes positive recommendations to address the concerns.