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|Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:30 am Post subject: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
| HOWARD LEAGUE
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Today is International Women's Day and, as the theme this year is #PressforProgress, I wanted to update you on what we are doing to reduce the number of women in prison.
About 4,000 women are behind bars in England and Wales today, but many more are affected. Prisons are like revolving doors – as women leave, others are sent in to take their place – and the consequences are disastrous.
We know that women are more likely than men to be sent to prison for a non-violent offence. We know that women are more likely to injure themselves in prison. We know that women are less likely to find a job on release. We know that one in five leave prison with nowhere to live. We know that even a short sentence can be so disruptive that a woman loses contact with her children. And yet it is still happening.
This is why we are organising a major new inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System into the sentencing of women. We want to find out why the courts are using prison so often when women's centres guide women away from crime successfully – and to encourage them to do things differently.
It will build on the success of a previous inquiry by the Group, which brought to an end the shameful practice of holding girls in prisons and led to a fall in the number of girls entering the criminal justice system.
Please will you help us #PressforProgress? By joining the Howard League you can give our movement a louder voice as we campaign for a fairer society with less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.