When a female offender walks out of the prison gates, I want to make sure she never returns.
Keeping female prisoners as close as possible to their homes, and importantly their children, is vital if we are to help them break the pernicious cycle of re-offending.
And providing at least a year of support in the community, alongside the means to find employment on release, will give them the best possible chance to live productive, law abiding lives.
More top news
An investigation has been launched after nine people were hurt when stairs collapsed in a House of Horrors at a theme park in Ireland.
Multiple explosions in a park in a Japanese city have left at least one person dead and three injured.