by Felicity Gerry QC & Lyndon Harris Due to the general election on 8 June 2017 the Justice Committee Inquiry into Prison Reform has concluded. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017, all Select Committees cease to exist until after the general election. Written and oral evidence received and accepted by the Committee […]
Women in Prison
Welcome to the online research submission page on female offenders and the Criminal Justice System.
On Tuesday 8 November 2016, Halsbury’s Law Exchange (HLE) hosted a panel discussion on the urgent topic of: “Women in Prison: is the justice system fit for purpose?” In the lead up to the panel discussion, Felicity Gerry QC and Lyndon Harris co-authored a discussion paper on this vital question, available to read in full here. The […]
In 2014 a Halsbury Law Exchange panel debated “Women in prison: is the penal system fit for purpose” – the answer to which was a resounding no. Despite panellist (the then MP) Simon Hughes committing to effect change as a result of that discussion the law still hasn’t made the headway hoped for in this […]
Ciara O’Neill wrote recently on the Halsbury’s Law Exchange about Michael Gove’s talk on 4 November at the AGM of the Howard League for Penal Reform: “He believes that our sentencing framework needs a complete overhaul…Gove recognised that evidence shows short sentences are more likely than not to lead to recidivism, and that the […]
A 2005 study found that 66% of imprisoned women are mothers of children under the age of 18. Twenty-two per cent have children under the age of five (Liebling, A. and Maruna, S. The effects of imprisonment (Willan, 2006)). More recently the Ministry of Justice has estimated that between 24% and 31% of all women […]