Support Women in Prison

Join the movement and become a 2020 supporter!

Why should you care about a woman convicted of committing a crime?

Women in prison, more than any other group of women, are far more likely to have first experienced life as victims.

Child sexual exploitation, mental ill health, substance misuse, domestic violence, homelessness and poverty are common experiences for women who become caught up in the criminal justice system. A third of women in prison grew up in care. Six out of 10 women leave prison without a home.

85% of women are sentenced for non-violent offences including non-payment of debt, shop lifting and begging. Last year 20 women were sent to prison for not paying their TV license.

Why should you care about the impact of prison on a woman and her family – if you commit the crime you should do the time?

Because the vast majority of offending by women is non violent the majority of women are given sentences of weeks or months. This is long enough to lose a job; a home and a woman’s children may be taken into care because she is the sole parent in the family. That is a tough penalty on top of the shame of imprisonment.

In prison, problems a woman may have with addiction, mental ill health, housing and debt may become worse – and on release, help is hard to find while the stigma of prison can put employment out of reach.

How can you help?     

By becoming a supporter of Women in Prison you invest in the support that we know works to help women to take control and turn their lives around, giving themselves and their children a better future - often from the most disadvantaged and vulnerable families.

By becoming a supporter of Women in Prison you help us to dismantle a broken system.  We are campaigning to halve the female prison population from almost 4,000 to 2,020 by 2020 and replace prison with rigorous community alternatives that offer  justice and  that better address the issues that  often set a woman on the route to prison.

By becoming a supporter of Women in Prison you will become one of the 2,020 women who will deliver the legacy of radical penal reform and real social justice