Women and Criminal Justice

From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation

Edited by Jo Brayford, Jill Annison, and John Deering

Women and Criminal Justice

Edited by Jo Brayford, Jill Annison, and John Deering

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447319313 Published December 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Following the deaths of six female inmates, the UK Home Office commissioned the 2007 Corston Report, a parliamentary investigation into the state of vulnerable women in the British criminal justice system. This insightful book explores developments since the report’s publication, revealing that while some of its recommendations were accepted by government, actual policy has restricted the scale and scope of change. Investigating a broad range of services for women offenders, contributors consider the question of whether women should be treated differently in the criminal justice system and offer possible future policy directions drawn from the Coalition Government’s 2013 Transforming Rehabilitation agenda. This timely analysis will be an important resource for policy makers, service providers, and practitioners alike.
Notes on the Contributors

1. Corston and beyond
Jill Annison & Jo Brayford

Section One: Context
2. Transforming Rehabilitation: implications for women
Jill Annison, Jo Brayford & John Deering

3. The context: women as law-breakers
Loraine Gelsthorpe and Serena Wright

4. A comparison: criminalised women in Scotland
Michele Burman, Margaret Malloch and Gill McIvor

Section Two: Reviews of current practice
5. Probation practice with women offenders in Wales
Kate Asher and Jill Annison

6. Youth justice practice with girls
Becky Shepherd

7. Women’s Centres
Leeanne Plechowicz

10. Older Women Prisoners and ‘The Rubies’ Project
Jill Annison and Alma Hageman

11. Gendered dynamics of mentoring
Gillian Buck, Mary Corcoran and Anne Worrall

Section Three: Towards best practice
12. Breaking the cycle for women through equality not difference
Martina Feilzer & Kate Williams

13. ‘A very high price to pay?’: Transforming Rehabilitation and short prison sentences for women
Anita Dockley and Julie Trebilcock

14. ‘Serious therapy’for serious female offenders: The democratic therapeutic community at HMP Send
Alisa Stevens

15. The role of the media in women’s penal reform
Gemma Birkett

16. Conclusions
Jill Annison, Jo Brayford and John Deering
Review Quotes
British Journal of Community Justice
“Invaluable to service providers and campaigners aiming to navigate the current uncertainty that surrounds provision for women within the criminal justice system.”
Jenny Earle, Prison Reform Trust
“This book is a terrific and timely contribution to discussions about the state of women’s justice in the United Kingdom and the need to reduce women’s imprisonment. Its mix of theoretical, empirical, and practical insights makes it an invaluable resource for anyone working or studying in this field.”
Gill Kelly, KWP Consultancy
“Thought-challenging and offering concrete ways forward to ensure that women’s needs are not overlooked in a climate of significant change, this book is a valuable tool for practitioners and an authoritative resource for those leading policy development.”
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