Prison Reform Trust
Just 153 out of 4,000 potential inmates released as campaigners condemn use of “inhumane" solitary confinement to battle Covid.
Justice secretary Robert Buckland did not publish the guidance, instead waiting for a much lower estimate of 100 nearly a month later.
Cases have been confirmed in almost half of the prisons in England and Wales.
Exceptions would be made for violent or sex offenders.
The Prison Reform Trust is concerned that women are currently being "set up to fail" when they leave following short prison sentences which can turn their lives upside down.
Women Prisoners Are Being Badly Let Down By Government Reforms – They Urgently Need Better Support On Release
Despite the promise of greater support, services in the community have collapsed, leaving those responsible for supervision unable to resolve the complex problems that many women face
Reducing the use of ineffective short sentences would take the pressure off overcrowded local jails
Fears over rocketing temperatures and poor ventilation.
Government launched residential centre trial scheme - but scrapped plans for five new community prisons
Around six in 10 women do not have a home to go to on release - the true scale of the problem may be even greater