‘A very high price to pay?’: Transforming rehabilitation and short prison sentences for women

Trebilcock, Julie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4160-0531 and Dockley, Anita (2015) ‘A very high price to pay?’: Transforming rehabilitation and short prison sentences for women. In: Women and criminal justice: from the Corston Report to transforming rehabilitation. Annison, Jill, Brayford, Jo and Deering, John, eds. Policy Press, London, pp. 213-230. ISBN 9781447319306, pbk-ISBN 9781447319313, e-ISBN 9781447319344. [Book Section] (doi:10.2307/j.ctt1t89c43.16)

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Significant increases to the prison population in England and Wales during the last twenty years have generated concerns about the over-use of imprisonment, particularly for women and those serving a short sentence. In 2010, major changes to the criminal justice system were proposed by the coalition government, including the introduction of new Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and a ‘Payment by Results’ (PbR) scheme whereby financial rewards are given for reducing levels of reoffending (MoJ, 2010; 2013h; 2013i). Other significant developments in the new Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) agenda (MoJ, 2013h; 2013i) include the introduction of resettlement prisons, “through the gate” services and statutory supervision for short sentence prisoners after release. Drawing from the findings of an interview survey of twenty-five short sentence women prisoners and prison staff, this chapter provides an overview of the short term imprisonment of women in England and Wales.1 Key areas of the TR reforms are explored and the chapter concludes by considering the risks and opportunities they may present for women sentenced to, or eligible for, a short prison sentence.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 15490
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of a chapter published in Women and Criminal Justice. Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available online at: https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/women-and-criminal-justice.
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Depositing User: Julie Trebilcock
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 09:31
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 22:24
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15490

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