The Corston Report is a review of vulnerable women in the criminal justice system carried out in 2006 by Baroness Jean Corston.
The review made 43 recommendations about the treatment of women in the criminal justice system, and argued “the need for a distinct radically different, visibly-led, strategic, proportionate, holistic, woman-centred, integrated approach”.
Whilst the report focuses more generally on vulnerable female offenders, it recognises that a large proportion of these women are mothers, referring to the effects of imprisonment on their children, and recommending that these children are taken into consideration by the criminal justice system.
For example, one recommendation suggests that primary carers of young children should only be remanded in custody after fully taking into account the impact on the children. The Corston report is useful for anyone considering the particular impact on children of having a mother in prison.
A report by Baroness Jean Corston of a review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the Criminal Justice System