‘There are so many women who ought not to be in prison’

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Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, said recently. He was speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast. ‘About half ought not to be there at all’ he added Simon Hughes argued that female offenders are a ‘special case’ and should be treated differently from men. He added ‘I met a woman in her twenties the other day who clearly ought to be sectioned. Her problem is a health problem, not a criminality one. Prisons shouldn’t have to cope with that.’ Questioned on why female prisoners should be treated differently to More...

by Rachel Billington | Published 4 weeks ago
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