The Failure to Protect Women in the Criminal Justice System

Mansfield, Maureen and Cooper, Vickie (2017). The Failure to Protect Women in the Criminal Justice System. In: Cooper, Vickie and Whyte, David eds. The Violence of Austerity. Pluto Press, pp. 188–194.



This chapter focuses on two aspects of those neoliberal policies: the privatisation of Ministry of Justice probation services and the closure of HMP Holloway women’s prison to sell the land for housing development. Without any long-term plan or strategy about the future of the prison population or provision for people in the community, those policies are generating harmful, and in some cases deadly, impacts. The chapter will demonstrate how those austerity-driven policies have resulted in the amplification of the violent and harmful conditions facing women in prison and serving community supervision orders, and have negatively affected the ability of women’s organisations to advocate for women in the CJS and tackle systemic injustices.

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