Hear and Now Launch
Garden Court Chambers, 7 December 2011
“[Women in Prison] resist a very damaging distortion in the way women are seen in the criminal justice system.”
Baroness Vivien Stern
Speaking at the launch of Hear and Now, Baroness Vivien Stern spoke of the importance of seeing women in the criminal justice system as people and not defining them solely by their offence. This is at the core of how Women in Prison works and is central to the support services whose evaluations are covered in the report. Hear and Now looks at what lessons can be learned from evaluations of projects working to help women change their own lives. Women’s voices were heard in a short film about WomenMATTA.
Rachel Halford, Director, called on everyone at the event to keep women in the forefront of the political agenda:
“… keep believing that women’s imprisonment matters and that women should not be trapped in a system that is unable to address the root causes of their offending. You can carry on asking why women offend and why most of the women in prison today have been victims of crime before they have been perpetrators.”