NuLabour’s War On Women

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

4 Responses to “NuLabour’s War On Women”

  1. libhomo Says:

    It’s starting to sound like the UK has a Prison Industrial Complex similar to the one here in the US.

  2. RickB Says:

    The beginnings of one, Nulab have continued the privatisation although Scotland have now ceased it for new jails. The disappointment is if this is what the ‘left’ party does there is little chance of real reform of the system, they effectively pursued a right wing more & longer jail policy, warehousing the mentally ill (which also demonstrates failures of welfare and health policy).

  3. libhomo Says:

    Here in the US, the prison industrial complex also includes government owned prisons, their contractors for services such as food and laundry, and prison guard unions (which are a powerful political force). Also, small towns often play along since the census counts prisoners for purposes of government funding and reapportionment, but prisoners don’t get to vote.

    There is a huge lobby here for inventing new crimes and constantly increasing sentencing provisions.

  4. RickB Says:

    Well we aren’t there yet, but certainly it could happen given current ‘consensus’ politics.

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