Women more likely to be jailed in Notts courts


Magistrates in Notts are almost twice as likely to send women to prison than in some counties, figures have revealed.

However, the figure of 1.1 per cent is one of the lower rates in the country, with Cumbria the highest at 2.7 per cent.

The study by the prison reform charity Howard League for Penal Reform, showed magistrates are more likely to imprison women for non-violent offences than men.

The charity is urging magistrates to make better use of community orders and fines, which account for around 90 per cent of sentences.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “We are concerned that it remains the case that a woman convicted of a non-violent offence is more likely to go to prison than a man.”

“Women who find themselves in court often need a lot of support - they are often victims of crimes themselves such as domestic abuse or pimping.”

“Sending these women to prison for a few weeks is not the answer to the complex issues in their lives.”

“We are concerned that legislation currently going through parliament may make the situation for women worse. The Offender Rehabilitation Bill extends short prison sentences with a year of supervision in the community but it is unclear how specialist services for women will survive.”