Women's sentencing project

Prison is not always the answer

Custody as it exists today is disproportionately harsher for women than men.
Baroness Corston

The Centre's project challenges the use of custodial sentences for women who have committed minor, non-violent crimes.

Ten years ago, Baroness Corston reported on the imprisonment of women and found a chronic situation:

  • victims of abuse being criminalised
  • addictions going untreated
  • children separated from their mothers
  • homelessness
  • unemployment
  • re-offending

Little has changed since then, despite the extensive evidence that imprisoning women for short periods is profoundly and disproportionately detrimental to their lives and the lives of their dependents.

The Centre is being supported by the Lankelly Chase Foundation to carry out a programme to challenge the excessive and inappropriate use of custodial sentencing for women who have committed minor, non-violent crimes.


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Are you a woman with a potential case? Have you received a prison sentence for a minor, non-violent crime? We might be able to help. 

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the nature of women’s custody in many of our prisons needs to be radically rethought.
— Baroness Corston