Why continue imprisoning women when most agree that it can be the most harmful course of action, asks Alison Frater
Women in Prison
Thousands of people have now shown their support for a petition calling on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to purchase the former Holloway prison site and protect the land for council homes, community facilities and a women's building.
London Assembly Members from across the political spectrum have joined the call for the Mayor to step in. Conservative London Assembly member, Tony Devenish has joined the call for council homes;
In another instalment in our Breaking the Silence series, Madeline Petrillo tells Ellie’s story of overcoming adversity to be there for her daughter
Maureen Mansfield and Hannah Pittaway writing for the Left Foot Forward website outline some of the issues arising from the forthcoming closure of Holloway prison - the only women's prison in London. They argue that
The closure of Holloway appears to be neither for the benefit of women or Londoners. However, it can be used as an opportunity to frame a new conversation around imprisonment, social justice and social housing.
Claire Cain of Women in Prison invites people to march against cuts and closures of support services on 20 June.
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 purpose of the event was to build collective action for challenging criminal justice failure and promoting social justice alternatives.
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The failures of criminal justice and the impact of imprisonment on women is highlighted in The Independent on Sunday today. The article is published in advance of the Justice Matters for Women: Time for Action! conference on 20 May 2015, organised by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and Women in Prison.
This essay collection highlights how women facing criminalisation and gender based violence are repeatedly failed by society.
Martine Lignon, a trustee of Women in Prison, explains why she signed the Justice Matters for Women call to action.
Becky Clarke and Kathryn Chadwick of Manchester Metropolitan University call on all women - not just those with an interest in criminal justice - to work together to empower women, resist injustice and transform lives.