Event: Supporting Women in the Criminal Justice System

Protecting the Vulnerable, Reducing Reoffending & Improving Conditions

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Government and third sector organisations have both argued that female offenders are amongst the most vulnerable in the criminal justice system (CJS). Women are much more likely than men to self-harm whilst in prison. In 2020, women made up 22% of all self-harm incidents despite making up only 4% of the prison population. Women are also more likely to be victims as well as offenders, with one half of women in prison suffering domestic violence. Around two-thirds of women have dependent children, and studies show how separation through imprisonment leads to a disorganised attachment pattern in around 80% of such children. There are also questions around the suitability of prisons for many female offenders. Over 80% of sentenced women entering prison have been convicted of non-violent offences, and most serve short sentences (six months or less) that campaigners argue serve little benefit. Many also offend as a way to resolve practical difficulties, such as drug addiction, unemployment, unsuitable accommodation, debt and an abusive partner.

Date of Event: Tuesday, February 8th 2022

Time of Event: 9:30 AM — 1:00 PM

Place of Event: Webinar

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