Women’s prisons could be shut and converted to house male inmates to ease overcrowding – Mirror Online |UK

Women’s prisons could be closed and converted to accommodate male inmates under longer term plans to tackle the overcrowding crisis.

Justice Secretary Shabana Mahmood is expected to announce emergency measures within days as the country runs out of available cells in male jails. Tens of thousands of prisoners could be released early to create capacity after the Tories failed to build adequate places.

Under one proposal put forward to the government, enough female prisoners could be let out early to free up an entire prison, which could then be turned into one for men. The Mirror understands the idea is not part of the immediate plans to be announced this week, but may be considered as a solution in the medium term.
Women make up a much smaller proportion of the prison population, with 3,657 in jail compared to 83,796 men. There are 12 women’s prisons out of 117 in total in England and Wales. More than half (58%) of prison sentences given to women in 2022 were for less than six months. Short sentences can derail people’s lives, with jobs and houses lost and mums separated from their kids. They are also seen as largely ineffective with reoffending rates high.

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2 thoughts on “Women’s prisons could be shut and converted to house male inmates to ease overcrowding – Mirror Online |UK”

  1. Well! Wait for a huge influx of male prisoners asserting they are – guess what! yes, women … then claiming a right to be in women’s prisons so as to claim early release! The logical consequence of this policy. (Of course so many women (as we known them) are wrongly in prison in the first place and far from early release ought not to be in prison to be released.)

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