There are about 80,000 men in prison in the UK, and 4,000 women, so men outnumber women 20:1. A large part of the differential is attributable to men being more likely than women to be incarcerated for committing the same crimes, and to men serving longer sentences. That aside, if you ever needed convincing that to the government one woman is worth more than 20 men, this should do the trick:
Are any of the stated arguments for women to serve sentences nearer their families, not equally applicable to men? Let’s take this one sentence:
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it wanted female inmates to maintain family relationships and improve their job prospects before leaving jail.
So does the MoJ not want male inmates to maintain family relationships? Does it not want to improve men’s job prospects before they leave jail?
In this and countless other ways, men are treated as barely human by the state. We need to speak to politicians in the only language they’ll understand. We need to threaten their livelihoods at the ballot box at general elections. So I ask you to contribute to our campaign to raise £1,000 to fund our fifth candidate at the 2015 general election. Even £1.00 will help. We need to raise at least £634 in the next six days, or the money raised so far will revert to the donors. You can make a donation (by PayPal, credit or debit card) through this link, and feel free to remain anonymous should you so wish:
Thank you for supporting men and boys (and the women who love them).