Women in the Justice System is rarely out of the news. There appears to be a distinct interest in women who commit crime. As a woman who has journeyed through a court, I often wonder what is so fascinating about women who commit crime.
Since the news has got out around my project locally, I have been approached regularly by people looking to volunteer. I have had to seriously consider what these women who will be supported in their new homes, need. Having researched women in prison, spoken directly with women who have been in prison, and now housing women from prison, I have to restructure how I, as the coordinator of the project that I built based on my experiences, look for the skills in people to offer support to women who have been released from prison.
We all know a home is required prior to any support that…
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Over the past few days headlines have been circulated on the net accrediting me with saying that prison isn’t as terrible as we are led to believe. That is very much an over simplification and I’d like to take this opportunity to set the records straight.
What I actually said was that the negative experience of prison can be turned into a positive experience with the right level of positive thinking and action.
From a purely physical point of view of course prison is terrible, to be cooped up in a small cell for up to 23 hours a day cannot be justified at all and a great number of our older prisons could acureatly be described as very unpleasant as can the routines in many of them but as with so many things in life things are what you make them. You don’t have to live in a dirty…
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