Laurel Townhead and Rebecca Roberts highlight the systemic failings of criminal justice in responding to criminalised women.
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Women's imprisonment is placed under the spotlight in this week's New Statesman by Sophie McBain. Documenting the hardship and trauma faced by women prior to and during imprisonment, the piece outlines the case for radical rethink in current approaches to women who break the law.
Rachel Halford, director of Women in Prison, is interviewed in the article and calls for a 'a complete abolition of the women’s prison estate as it exists today'.
Rebecca Roberts and Helen Mills comment on the Centre's Justice Matters for Women project, arguing that;
Not only does the system fail women who directly experience violence, abuse and harm, it is also a source of violence against women who are criminalised. At best, criminal justice is about fire-fighting. At its worst, it is about throwing more fuel on the fire.
Rebecca Roberts and Helen Mills ask what downsizing criminal justice could mean for women.
What is Justice Matters for Women about?
Criminal justice fails women.
Current responses to criminalised women are seriously flawed and harmful to women. Prioritising the criminal justice system in our response to violence against women has undermined the development of more effective ways to address the harms women face.
Richard Garside explains how people can get involved in the Justice Matters partners event in March next year.
Rebecca Roberts highlights the parallels between criminal justice harm and violence against women.
Our director Richard Garside highlights a radical thought experiment the Centre will be embarking on in 2014 as part of the Justice Matters initiative.
Starting with the experiences and aspirations of women subject to criminal justice capture - rather than their legal status as suspects, defendants or convictees - the project will aim to develop policy and practice alternatives to criminal justice.
'If we could think outside the criminal justice box,' Richard writes, 'what kinds of policy and practice alternatives might be possible?'
Richard Garside describes the latest developments in the Centre's Justice Matters initiative.