Final location for alternative to prison yet to be decided
The first residential centre for women offenders is to be in Wales.
It will provide accommodation for vulnerable women with complex needs who would otherwise be sentenced to custody.
It will also aim to tackle the underlying causes of offending, such as substance misuse and mental health problems, and support women through the transition to life back in the community.
The Welsh Government and Ministry of Justice are still to agree a suitable location for the new facility.
Wales' Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt said:
"I am delighted that the first residential centre will be coming to Wales. Welsh women need a safe and secure facility that is fit for purpose, while allowing them to maintain contact with their families, particularly children. The current Covid-19 outbreak has highlighted this even further.
“Welsh Gov has pressed hard for a new women’s residential centre in Wales and I’m delighted we’ve now received confirmation these plans will go ahead. This residential centre is a core part of the Female Offender Blueprint.
“I’ll be working closely with the MoJ and other key partners to agree timeframes, resource allocations and a suitable location for this new facility. I want to pay tribute to the excellent partnership we have enjoyed to date. We’ll continue to work together to achieve an effective model, appropriate to the needs of Wales."