In the Media

'Fewer women' should face prison

PUBLISHED March 8, 2005

Only women who commit serious or violent offences and are a danger to the public should be jailed, a prison reform charity has said.

Less than 10% of the 4,400 women held in English and Welsh jails would be imprisoned under such a policy, the Howard League for Penal Reform said.
It said offenders should be encouraged to change, with those making amends being given community penalties.
The number of female inmates has almost trebled from 1,580 in 1993.