Corston Report

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  • Corston Report
    • Radical report on women's imprisonment
    • Recommendations
      • Women's prison abolished
        • Replaced with smaller, community custodial centres
      • More use of community penalties for non violent offenders
      • Lower number of women entering prison from breach
    • Studied health of 500 prisoners
    • Abolishment?
      • total? partial?
        • net widening.
    • Conditions need to improve
      • is some reform better than none?
        • Identify  vulnerabilities, community solutions for non violent offenders should be norm.
    • 3 categories of vulnerabilities
      • domestic circumstances
        • personal circumstances
          • socioeconomic factors
            • poverty
              • isolation
                • employment
          • mental illness
            • low self esteem
              • eating disorder
                • substance misuse
        • domestic violence
          • childcare
            • single parenting
    • women represent small number of overall offenders
    • ratio of male to female staff in women's prisons
    • statistics
      • 40%  of women entering custody had no employment in the last 4 years
      • 50% of women suffered violence at home
      • just under half experienced physical/ domestic abuse
      • 1 in 3 experienced sexual abuse/ ****
      • 1 in 3 experienced emotional abuse
    • introduced gender specific standards in 2008
    • Peterborough - wide catchment area
      • hard to link with community resettlement schemes
    • subject to short sentences, no supervision on release
    • no women's prisons in Wales
  • Women's prison abolished
    • Replaced with smaller, community custodial centres

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