The discussion paper Women in prison: is the penal system fit for purpose? has been drafted by Felicity Gerry QC and Lyndon Harris.
All of the current research has been gathered from a range of open sources. It is not comprehensive but is designed to stimulate debate.
It is created with a view to a full report on penal policy and rehabilitation in 2015.
The key questions we aim to address are as follows:
• Should prison be the default response to criminal offending by women?
• As prisons are closed and “super prisons” and “house blocks” are in process, what sorts of prisons are available for women offenders?
• Are custodial sentences for women too harsh and should judges have more sentencing options?
• What is the practical reality when a woman is sent to prison?
• What are the alternatives for sentencing women offenders?
• What rights do/should women prisoners have?
• What happens after a woman is released and how can women offenders be rehabilitated?
The next stage of this process is to further examine the situation in relation to women offenders, with a view to developing workable penal law and policy suggestions for the UK in 2015.
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