Lady Justice Rafferty, a taxpayer-funded blithering idiot
Our thanks to Mike P for this. Extracts:
The rules also recommend that courts should be slow to send women to prison because jail terms are more damaging to them than men… [J4MB: In which ways?]
The Bench Book adds: ‘Women remain disadvantaged in many public and private areas of their lives. [J4MB: For example…?]
‘The previous life experiences of women offenders, their reasons for offending, their offending patterns, the impact of custodial sentences on themselves and their dependants, and the long-term effect of prison sentences all tend to differ between men and women.
‘The impact of imprisonment on women, more than half of whom have themselves been victims of serious crime, is especially damaging and their outcomes are worse than men’s.’
If a prison sentence for a woman was really necessary, judges should consider suspending it, the guidance says. [J4MB emphasis… and if it wasn’t really necessary, judges should consider imposing it? It’s difficult to follow the logic…]