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.

Tara Casey
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...

Dr Alison Frater
25 May 2018

Ellie: 'My daughter was my purpose'

Through the publication of short articles, we are providing a space for women's voices to be heard. Madeline Petrillo, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, will tell their stories....

Madeline Petrillo
8 July 2016

'Together we can bring the walls down!'

On a sunny Saturday earlier this month hundreds travelled to a remote wheat field in Bedfordshire to gather outside Yarl's Wood Immigration Detention Centre and demand its closure.

As with...

Claire Cain
16 June 2015

Justice Matters for Women: Watch the footage

On 20th May 2015, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and Women in Prison, held the Justice Matters for Women: Time for Action! conference.

The event was attended by over 100 people including activists, researchers, practitioners and women affected by criminal justice. The...

27 May 2015

Empower, resist, transform. A collection of essays

This essay collection highlights how women facing criminalisation and gender based violence are repeatedly failed by society. Helen Mills, Rebecca Roberts and Laurel Townhead describe the shortcomings of criminal justice approaches that often replicate and reinforce inequalities rather than tackle...
Helen Mills, Rebecca Roberts, Laurel Townhead
14 January 2015