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This campaign action forms part of the 2020 Ambition - a campaign to reduce the women's prison population from the national charity Women in Prison.

This campaign action forms part of the 2020 Ambition - a campaign to reduce the women's prison population from the national charity Women in Prison.

For more information about Women in Prison, to pledge your support to the 2020 Ambition and join the campaign please go to www.WIP2020.org.uk

Together we can reduce the human and financial cost of prison to our communities, to women who are trapped in the cycle of the criminal justice system and to their children and families.

Together we can reduce the women’s prison population to 2,020 (or fewer!) by the year 2020 - roughly half the current number of women in prison.

Help us create a different system and deliver a legacy of real social justice ...

For more information about Women in Prison, to pledge your support to the 2020 Ambition and join the campaign please go to www.WIP2020.org.uk

Together we can reduce the human and financial cost of prison to our communities, to women who are trapped in the cycle of the criminal justice system and to their children and families.

Together we can reduce the women’s prison population to 2,020 (or fewer!) by the year 2020 - roughly half the current number of women in prison.

Help us create a different system and deliver a legacy of real social justice.

What you need to know:

Women in prison are often victims themselves

  • Over half of women in prison have been victims of domestic or sexual violence.
  • Over half have experienced abuse or neglect as a child, and a third grew up in care.
  • Serious mental health problems are endemic in women’s prisons and are often a result of trauma.
  • 84% of women’s prison sentences are for non-violent offences such as theft that are often related to poverty and addiction.

Prison causes harm

  • A few weeks in prison is enough time for a woman to lose her home, job and children. The stigma can last a lifetime.
  • When women leave prison, 3 out of 5 have no home to go to and 9 out of 10 have no employment.
  • 9 out of 10 children with a mother in prison are forcedto leave home to go into care or live with relatives.
  • In 2016, 22 women died in prison (12 took their own lives) – the highest number on record.
  • 21% of self-harm in prison is by women (although they account for 5% of the total prison population).

There is a better way

  • Women’s Centres, community support services and alternatives to custody result in lower reoffending rates than prison.
  • Prison isn’t working – most women serving short prison sentences are back in prison within a year.
  • On average the annual cost of running a Women’s Centre equates to approximately £1,000 per woman supported, compared to £42,766 per woman in prison.

For more information about the 2020 Ambition, to pledge your support and join the campaign please go to www.WIP2020.org.uk

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Time to end imprisonment for non-payment of council tax

As hard as it is to believe, between 2010 and 2017, nearly 700 people were sent to prison for not paying their council tax. Many have not defaulted on their debt voluntarily - they found themselves unable to pay due to a lack of resources.

The legal charity the Centre for Criminal Appeals have represented and won on appeal a number of cases of women imprisoned for the non-payment of council ...

As hard as it is to believe, between 2010 and 2017, nearly 700 people were sent to prison for not paying their council tax. Many have not defaulted on their debt voluntarily - they found themselves unable to pay due to a lack of resources.

The legal charity the Centre for Criminal Appeals have represented and won on appeal a number of cases of women imprisoned for the non-payment of council tax. Many of these women were bailed from prison and their prison sentence found unlawful.

Even a short time in prison can have a serious detrimental impact on mental health and social circumstances for women and their children. Prison can cause women to become homeless, have their children taken away and struggle to recover from the trauma of the experience.

It's time to end sending women to prison for civil offences such as the non-payment of council tax please ask your MP to support this campaign.

 

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The template email will help you include the key facts and asks of your MP.

However MPs respond better when they receive a more personal tailored email so please do add in your own words.

For instance what is your personal interest in supporting this campaign - have you or a family member had direct experience of the criminal justice system? Or do you work with women affected by the criminal justice system or run a women's centre? Could you invite your MP to visit your local women's support service?

Please do edit the template email in order to let your MP know the strength of feeling, anger and passionate drive there is to see a different system in place, one that creates genuine justice for women.