Women in Prison supports and campaigns for women affected by the Criminal Justice System (CJS). We assist women with advice on housing, education, mental health, legal rights, work, benefits, debt, domestic violence, and more.
Prison causes damage and disruption to the lives of vulnerable women, most of whom pose no risk to the public. Women have been and are marginalised within a criminal justice system designed by men for men. Prison is often a very expensive way of making vulnerable women’s life situations much worse. Women are often incarcerated miles from their homes and families – they lose their homes, their relationships with their children and their mental health in the process. Better outcomes for women mean a reduced use of prison and an increased use of community alternatives. Prison does not work. The best way to cut women’s offending is to deal with its root causes.