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International Women’s Day: Help to stem the flow of women into prison

Politics / Tue 8th Mar 2022 am31 09:16am

Dear Supporter,

TODAY is ​International Women’s Day, a day in the community where we celebrate and empower women. Unfortunately, for women in prison, today won’t be a day for celebrations.

There were almost 5,000 receptions of women into prison last year, and more than half of them were for women on remand.

Too many women are being swept up into the justice system when it is not necessary or appropriate. Most women in prison have a history of childhood abuse or trauma, they need a safe space and support.

At the Howard League, we are working to stem the flow of women into the criminal justice system and end the use of remand of women for their own protection.

We work closely with police forces in England and Wales to reduce the number of arrests of women, supporting good policing practice which keeps women out of the criminal justice system. 

The Howard League also provides secretariat support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System (APPG). The APPG is conducting an inquiry into the health and well-being of women in prison.

Prisons should never be used as a place of safety for vulnerable women facing a crisis. Please help us campaign for real change and become a member today.

Yours Sincerely,

Poppy Cubbage

Membership and Project Officer

The Howard League for Penal Reform

1 Ardleigh Road

London N1 4HS

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1 Comment for International Women’s Day: Help to stem the flow of women into prison:

David Forman
2022-03-09 12:41:40

The key message from this is: "Most women in prison have a history of childhood abuse or trauma, they need a safe space and support." It is a indictment of our society that traumatized people are made a victim a second time by the State

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