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Wednesday, 23. October 2013 11:38

The Corston Coalition was an independent fund raiser started to raise awareness of the ongoing problem of a rising number of women in prison throughout the United Kingdom. Since the start of the new millennium, the number of women imprisoned in the UK has increased by over a staggering 60%, which is worrying to say the least. The problem is that the majority of these women are spending six months or less behind bars, which is by many people, including us, a rather wasteful sentence as they are unlikely to to undergo any real change in that short amount of time.

Many of these women have a history of all sorts of traumas, such as mental health problems, violence, drug using and sex abuse. Spending time in prison seem to more often that not add to those traumas, affecting not only the women themselves but also the lives of their children. We therefore believe that we have to change this system. The main object of custodial sentences are, after all, not to punish, but to help the felons get back on the right path of life and once again make them fit for normal society.

We believe that, for less serious and non violent offences, women should be sentenced to more effective treatments than jail. By putting less serious felons in jail, we are bringing them together with people that they will most likely have a negative effect on their lives, thus risking having them end up in a worse place than before when they have served their time. Instead of sending them prison, we believe that there must be treatment centers for women that can help them rather than punish them, and that is what the Corston Independent Funding Coalition was all about. To look into the future of these women as well as their families.

Although the coalition might no longer be active, the struggle continues to make a brighter future for female offenders throughout the United Kingdom. It is clear that the the system, as it is today, is not working as it was intended to, and therefore a change has to be made in order to move our society forward. As it is now, we are regressing instead of making progress and therein lies the main problem.

In order to find out more on how you can help our society’s women, feel free to visit sites such as http://www.womeninprison.org.uk/  which also looks to the needs of women in prison. Keep in mind that serious, violent offenders should obviously be kept away from the public. We are only looking to help those who pose no threat to the public to get a better chance of having an effective treatment in order to once again be fit for our society. We hope that this article has inspired you to take action and learn more about what we can do to create a brighter future for these individuals.

 

 

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