What is certain is that simply decanting women from a not-fit-for-purpose Holloway up the road to leafier Surrey will not do enough to reduce the needless use of imprisonment for women. Do we really need women’s prisons on this scale at all? Small custodial units could be developed for the few women who have committed serious and violent offences and the sum raised from the sale of the prison could be invested in community sentences and women’s centres – not just funnelled down the prison building drain.
Hmm. I would file this one away with the clamour we hear for women to be allowed to do the dirty and dangerous jobs like lumberjack and trawlerman. You know, those ones where there are no barriers and also near no applicants?
Equality in nice things, not so much in nasty. Don’t jail women like we do men but it’s clear and obvious that there should be more women doing lovely things like being very well paid to play with code…..