Women’s prisons should close, says justice taskforce
Women should not be sent to prison and should instead serve community sentences, according to a new report by the Women’s Justice Taskforce.
The focus should be on health, housing and treatment for drug addiction to reduce reoffending, its report said.
Paul Elam on avoiceformen.com gets off on the idea:
The day this policy passes and women’s prisons are actually torn down, and the country enters an age where female criminality becomes part of government qualification for the issuance of state benefits, it will be also be the same day that I implement a change in editorial policy for this website.
It will be the official policy of AVfM, which has a healthy readership in England, to support vigilante justice. I repeat, it will be the policy of AVfM to encourage British citizens to take the law into their own hands and punish female offenders themselves, outside the scope of British law.
What is the background of facts for the activism to create a two-class justice system? As the BBC writes:
More than 4,100 women were in prisons in England and Wales last week, up from 1,800 15 years ago.
Well, that is a reason, is it not? Because, of course, it cannot be that the fairer sex has turned so much more criminal, at least not in the last 15 years when all policies have been steered to make clear to the public that women are victims not perpetrators of criminal acts, and therefore need more protection and more support. And surely not more indictments, nor more prison terms.
No, the courts have failed, the police has failed, the system has turned into a women criminalizing agency. Which has been recognized by the experts quite a while ago, as Paul Elam reminds us (albeit with a slightly different argument):
(…) it should be noted that it was only last year that British judges were recommended to issue lighter sentences to women offenders, regardless of their offense. That recommendation was issued by the Equal Treatment Bench Book, published by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB).
Oh yes, it is not easy to educate those judges. The implementation of social change needs radical resolutions, otherwise it is going to take forever, until the imminent goodness and vulnerability of the frail sex is no longer denied by the misogynist traditions of our societies still steeped in the murky remnants of patriarchy.
But I have hope, freshly blooming with the courageous take of Britain’s Women’s Justice Taskforce!