In the Media

Bid to keep women out of jail

PUBLISHED March 21, 2005

New plans to keep women out of jail by tackling the causes of female crime will be unveiled by the Home Secretary this week.

Women given community sentences will be offered help to escape violent partners who may be triggering their offending, as well as advice on jobs, childcare and benefits, through one-stop centres which will aim to prevent them from continuing criminal careers.
The move follows research suggesting that women offend for different reasons from men. Two-thirds of women in prison are there for crimes such as chequebook fraud or shoplifting, and they are disproportionately likely to have been victims of domestic violence.