Why the British Prison System Massively Fails Women Criminals
"A recent report
from the Prison Reform Trust has revealed the sharp disparity between
male and female offenders. Women prisoners are twice as likely as men to
have no previous convictions. As such, the vast majority of female
inmates are imprisoned for non-violent, low-level crimes, with theft and
handling offences being the main driver to custody. In short, women
ultimately receive harsher treatment from the Criminal Justice System
than men for equivalent crimes.
This is all the more shocking when you consider the life circumstances of female prisoners. According to stats
from the Prison Reform Trust, not only have half of women in prison
experienced domestic violence, 53 percent suffered abuse while they were
children. On top of this, they are nearly twice as likely to suffer
from depression as men in prison. Almost a third of female inmates had a
psychiatric admission prior to entering prison."