2020 by 2020
JOIN OUR 2020 CAMPAIGN!
Together we can reduce the high human and financial cost of prison to our communities, to women who are caught in the cycle of the criminal justice system and to their children and families.
Together we can reduce the women’s prison population to 2,020 (or fewer!) by the year 2020 - this is roughly half the current number of women in prison.
Why? Well here are three facts to keep in mind -
Women in prison are often victims themselves:
- Over half of women in prison have been victims of domestic or sexual violence;
- Over half have experienced abuse or neglect as a child, and a third grew up in care;
- Serious mental health problems are endemic in women’s prisons and are often a response to trauma;
- 84% of women’s prison sentences are for non-violent offences such as theft that are often related to poverty and addiction.
Prison harms individuals and communities:
- A few weeks in prison is enough time for a woman to lose her home, job and children. The stigma can last a lifetime.
- When women leave prison, 6 out of 10 have no home to go to and 9 out of 10 have no employment;
- 9 out of 10 children with a mother in prison are forced to leave home to go into care or live with relatives;
- In 2016, 22 women died in prison (12 took their own lives) - the highest number on record;
- 21% of self-harm in prison is by women (although they account for 5% of the population).
There is a better way:
- Diversion, community alternatives and women’s centre interventions result in lower reoffending rates than prison;
- Prison isn’t working - most women serving short sentences are back in prison within a year;
- A prison place (£42,000 per year) costs over ten times more than a community sentence (£3,000).
ACTION 1: ►►► PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT
ACTION 2: Lobby and turn up the pressure.
Achieving 2020 is going to take support and action from a broad range of decision makers and power holders. We are publishing tailored, accessible briefings with steps that every power holder can take to achieve change.
→ 2020: BRIEFING FOR POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONERS
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