Calls For Large Female Prisons To Close

11 September 2018, 08:40 | Updated: 11 September 2018, 09:25

Prison

Capital's been told all larger women's prisons should close.

After three women died in prison's in England within ten days, Capital's been told all large women's jails - like Drake Hall in the West Midlands - should close.

Francis Crook, who is the Chief Exec of prisons charity The Howard League, says the majority of non-violent offenders are only a risk to themselves.

Rates of self harm are five times higher in women's prisons - and in the ten days to September, three women died at separate jails in England.

Figures also reveal 70& of women on short sentences are likely to re-offend again in the 12 months after being released. 

One of the West Midlands most prolific shop lifters says rehab should be offered before prison.

Hayley Brigewater was in jail 10 times - and like the majority of female inmates in England her sentences were short.
 
Rates of self harm are five times higher in women's prisons - and in the ten days to September, three women died at separate jails in England.
 
The Justice Minister says they are reforming the system admitting many women shouldn't be in jail.