Stop the 500

We have signed a letter calling on the government to scrap the proposed 500 new prison places for women.

28 July 2021

No new prisons for women!

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!

26 July 2021

Why do we still imprison pregnant women?

The latest reports of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights revealed the conditions in some British prisons.

27 July 2020

Poverty is not a crime: ending imprisonment for debt

As the country prepares to enter into a new legal and political era, marked by novel and complex constitutional challenges, some of the most vulnerable members of society, and particularly women, are facing legal battles which would not be out of place in Victorian times.

18 October 2019

Consensus on women in prison, but where's the action?

There has been more inexplicable delay in the government’s plans for women in criminal justice. It renders urgent the question of how to address women’s health issues and the harmful impact of...

25 May 2018