Not wanting to be too antagonistic The Guardian/Observer has a good report on women and prison, they bury what really should be the lede 8 paragraphs down-
The female prison population almost doubled between 1997 and 2006, despite there being no corresponding rise in women committing more serious crimes. Nine out of 10 were convicted of non-violent offences. According to a 2003 report by the Prison Reform Trust, women who would previously have received community penalties are being imprisoned while those who would have been sent to prison are being given longer sentences.
So tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime was in fact-
- tough on crime- longer sentences.
- the causes of crime- the person who committed the crime (see tough on crime).
I’m sure they didn’t mean to mislead people and make supporter sthink they would be looking at the socialogical roots of crime, like poverty, housing, education, income and opportunity disparity. NO, that would be fibbing. So NuLabour have locked more women up and for longer while the rich got richer and social mobility declined, really quiet an achievement for a right wing party, the tories must be seething with jealousy- shit, that’s what we wanted to do dammit!
- 17 The number of women prisons in England
- 4,248 The average number of women in prison in 2006, up from 1,560 in 1993
- 37 The percentage of women in prison who have attempted suicide
- 6 The percentage of women in the total prison population
- 36 The percentage of women prisoners in 2004 convicted of drugs offences
- 19 The percentage of women in prison who are foreign nationals – compared to about 12 per cent of males
- 70 The percentage of women prisoners with mental health problems