Women very rarely commit a violent crime or pose any risk to the public, so why do about 600 pregnant women enter a UK prison each year?
The government has announced its intention to spend £150 million on building 500 new prison places for women. If ever a public spending project promised to bring increased misery this is it!
The latest reports of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights revealed the conditions in some British prisons.
In the Foreword to J M Moore’s assessment of participants’ responses to the workshops and toolkits carried out as part of the Centre for Criminal Justice’s Justice Matters project, Tammy McGloughlin writes, ‘Far from being a means of delivering social justice, [the criminal justice system] is the cause of much social injustice, with the combined criminal justice institutions being deeply socially harmful’.
There are about 4,000 women in prison. Two thirds are mothers of children under 18; about a third are lone parents.