The usual suspects are in full cry (again), demanding soft sentences for women:
Green served three months of her sentence in prison and the rest on licence, but said that a community sentence would have saved her from the stigma of a criminal record.
Well, no. It wouldn’t. You can only get a community sentence if you’ve committed a crime. The clue’s in the word ‘sentence’, you daft mare!
Women in Prison’s director, Rachel Halford, said imprisoning women has larger consequences than does locking up men.
Well, she would, wouldn’t she?
Issues of domestic and sexual violence, mental health problems and substance abuse “led [women] into criminality”, she said.
“Consequently, these are all issues that, had they been picked up and addressed earlier, these people may well have not ended up in the criminal justice system.”
Funny. All those sob stories we hear defence briefs spout in court seem to apply just as much to men as to women…
Rebecca Roberts, from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, said tackling structural inequality against women in society was key and that prison had become “a very convenient way for the Government to [deal with] particular groups of people and not really offer the support they need”.
No-one needed to offer me ‘support’ to not steal from my employer, Rebecca…