||<p>In the Female Offender Strategy, we set out our vision to see fewer women in custody,
particularly on short custodial sentences and to see more women supported in the community.
The strategy launched an ambitious programme of work which will take several years
to deliver. So far, we have published a new Women’s Policy Framework, Lord Farmer’s
Review for Women and invested £5m to support community provision for female offenders
and women at risk of offending</p><p>We are committed to monitoring progress over
time and taking action to deliver the outcomes we set out to achieve. The latest published
statistics show that the total female prison population increased slightly (by 1%)
between March 2018 and 2019, but that female first receptions have decreased by 10%
over the past year, (from 2,036 between October and December 2017 to 1,840 over the
same period in 2018).</p><p>The published data setting out the current and previous
female prison population can be accessed here: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/796904/population-31-march-2019.ods"