Emotion, Time, and the Voice of Women Affected by the Criminal Justice Process: Corston and the Female Offender Strategy

Published: 23/01/2019 | Author(s): Beverley Gilbert, Kristy O’Dowd

Many organisations, including criminal justice sector organisations, have an expectation that change should occur quickly in the lives of the women with whom they work. As a result, organisational (or process) time readily overrides that of service-user time. Time limited criminal justice processes are reducing the opportunity to work within the women service user’s timeframes in order to enable them to make long-term changes in their lives, and to develop their own positive personal capacities.…

Patients or Prisoners – Implications of Overlooking Mental Health Needs of Female Offenders

Published: 23/01/2019 | Author(s): Samantha Mason, Jon Parry, Sabina Enback, Adela Sobrepera

The Corston report (1) is a government commissioned research and recommendations paper on imprisoned women issues, led by Baroness Corston and published in 2007.  It highlights that issues such as physical and mental health, education and family are particularly pertinent to female prisoners and contribute to the social isolation that many of these women feel. The report provided a set of recommendations to better address the particular circumstances female prisoners face such as improved treatment…

Community sentencing works… I’m living proof!

Published: 23/01/2019 | Author(s): Kim McGuigan

This blog post was previously published by Community Justice Scotland in September 2017. In March 2013, I was sentenced to a two-year supervision order (probation) and a deferred sentence for two years. It was the beginning of my journey into the person and, more importantly for my wee boy’s development, the mother I am now.  I look at how my life was four years ago and I don’t even recognise the person I used to be. I was expecting a custodial sentence, I prayed and prayed that…

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