This insightful book focuses on developments since the publication in 2007 of the Corston Report into women and criminal justice. While some of its recommendations were accepted by government, actual policy has restricted the scale and scope of change.
The challenges of working with women in the current climate of change and uncertainty are also explored, seeking to translate lessons from good practice to policy development and recommending future directions resulting from the coalition government’s Transforming Rehabilitation plans. This timely analysis engages with wide-ranging considerations for policy makers, providers and practitioners of services and interventions for women who offend, and questions whether women should be treated differently in the criminal justice system.
"Invaluable to service providers and campaigners aiming to navigate the current uncertainty that surrounds provision for women within the criminal justice system." British Journal of Community Justice
“This book is a terrific and timely contribution to discussions about the state of women’s justice in the UK 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.” Jenny Earle, Programme Director, Prison Reform Trust
"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." Gill Kelly, KWP Consultancy
Jill Annison is associate professor in criminal justice studies at Plymouth University. Her career has focused on women offenders as a practitioner, in teaching and as a researcher.
Jo Brayford is senior lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Wales. Her research interests include offending behaviour, women and social problems.
John Deering is senior lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Wales. His research focuses on probation work and criminal justice.
Corston and beyond ~ Jill Annison and Jo Brayford;
Part One: Context;
Transforming Rehabilitation: implications for women ~ Jill Annison, Jo Brayford and John Deering;
The context: women as lawbreakers ~ Loraine Gelsthorpe and Serena Wright;
A comparison: criminalised women in Scotland ~ Michele Burman, Margaret Malloch and Gill McIvor;
Part Two: Reviews of current practice;
Probation practice with women offenders in Wales ~ Kate Asher and Jill Annison;
Youth justice practice with girls ~ Becky Shepherd;
Women’s Centres ~ Leeanne Plechowicz;
Older Women Prisoners and The Rubies Project ~ Jill Annison and Alma Hageman;
Gendered dynamics of mentoring ~ Gillian Buck, Mary Corcoran and Anne Worrall;
‘Serious therapy’ for serious female offenders: the democratic therapeutic community at HMP Send ~ Alisa Stevens
Part Three: Towards best practice;
Breaking the cycle for women through equality not difference ~ Martina Feilzer and Kate Williams;
‘A very high price to pay?’: Transforming Rehabilitation and short prison sentences for women ~ Julie Trebilcock and Anita Dockley;
The role of the media in women’s penal reform ~ Gemma Birkett;
Conclusions ~ Jill Annison, Jo Brayford and John Deering.