Female offenders are housed in six facilities across the state.
There are three designated women's centres, Silverwater Women's, Dillwynia and Emu Plains and female-only units at Broken Hill, Wellington and Mid North Coast.
There are also designated female beds at Long Bay Hospital.
A residential program for women with children operates at Jacaranda Cottages at Emu Plains and at the Parramatta Transitional Centre.
There are two transitional centres, Parramatta and Bolwara at Emu Plains.
Miruma in Cessnock is a residential facility for women who are diverted from custody who have mental health disorders and long-term alcohol and other drugs issues.
The 2009 Inmate Health Survey found the following about women in custody:
A fourth edition of Female Offenders: a Statistical Profile was produced by CSNSW's Corporate Research, Evaluation and Statistics Branch. This showed that the majority of women were in custody for illicit drug offences (23.7%) followed by property offences (18.3%). The third most common offence was Acts intended to cause Injury (16.2%). Among women under CSNSW supervision in the community the most common offences were theft (30.4%) and assault (30.3%). Driving offences were the third most common offence (17.6%).
For further information about programs for women, contact the Principal Advisor, Women Offenders,Krista Christensen.