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Understanding women’s pathways through the criminal justice system

More than 13,500 women are imprisoned in the UK every year. The reasons why are complex but they must be understood if these numbers are to be reduced. This research has been commissioned by the J Leon Philanthropy Council to gain a better understanding of women’s pathways into and through the criminal justice system.

We know that in many cases the root causes of women’s involvement in crime are like those for men but are often more pronounced and have deeper repercussions. Often, they have been victims themselves: either emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child or exploited to support someone else’s drug use. Women are also more likely to be responsible for a family, and especially young children, meaning their incarceration is particularly damaging to wider society.

The J Leon Philanthropy Council have commissioned this research to gain a better understanding of women’s pathways before and during their involvement with the criminal justice system. The hope is that if this is better understood it will be easier to divert women away from custody.

They have kindly agreed to publish this research to support other funders who wish to have an impact on the lives of women and girls involved in the criminal justice sector. women and girls involved in the criminal justice sector.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this work. Get in touch via info@thinkNPC.org or tweet us at @NPCthinks.

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