Women's sentencing project
Prison is not always the answer
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
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.
In the news
- 'Single mum unlawfully jailed for council tax debt in Wales', The Guardian
- 'Single mother unlawfully jailed for council tax debt, High Court rules', The Independent
- 'A single mum wrongly spent 40 days behind bars for not paying council tax', WalesOnline
- 'Porthcawl woman jailed unlawfully over council tax', BBC News
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.