Solve the prison crisis by banging more up. Women first

The jails are full to bursting point with more women in particular going inside. From the evidence so far there can be few places imaginable that are less suitable for sending the most vulnerable desperate for help and support. Now magistates once more have the power to lock up women who refuse to submit to rehabilitation.
Prison services are increasingly privatised with demoralised staff on low pay. Some prisons appear out of control. Some aren’t, but having visited one such place the regime is so oppressive one wonders how any one involved in it, staff or prisoner, survive the experience. People still harbour a belief that prisons are holiday camps. Try it some time.

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