Our thanks to Sean for this. Surely the answer to women’s ‘shameful’ short prison sentences would be longer prison sentences? The idea that women with caring responsibilities shouldn’t face the same prison sentences as anyone else is preposterous. Did they forget their caring responsibilities when they committed their crimes, or did they (not unreasonably) assume those responsibilities gave them a ‘Get out of jail FREE’ card? Either way, they’re unfit mothers, and deserve no sympathy (unlike their children). An extract:
One in four women sent to prison last year – more than 1,500 – were sentenced to 30 days or less, with almost 300 of them put behind bars for under two weeks.
Sentencing rules mean non-violent prisoners are typically released after half of that time, which means hundreds of women are in prison for one week or even less. [J4MB emphasis]
Campaigners said women were hit the hardest because they are more likely to be carers. They said that even short sentences put them at risk of losing their children.
“Women are still being sent to prison for not paying TV licence or council tax,” said Kate Paradine, the chief executive of Women in Prison, which is campaigning to halve the number of women behind bars by 2020. [J4MB emphasis]