A scheme to stop women re-offending by getting them into work will be piloted at Styal prison in Cheshire.
Female inmates will serve their sentences closer to home and be offered skills to help them after their release. The proposals have been welcomed by some prisoners who told us how tough it is being far away from their families.
Vicky and Stella who are serving time at the prison told Daybreak their views.
More top news
The jury in the trial of three men accused of murdering off-duty policeman Neil Doyle has retired to consider its verdicts.
Moderate but persistent outbreaks of rain over the last 48hrs have brought 36mm to some areas - nearly half of the monthly average
A father from Manchester says he has been driven mad by a 'pointless' driveway which is so narrow he can't get out of his car.