Bang to Rights
the Howard League for Penal Reform thinks that because 64% of female convicts re-offend, women’s prisons should be closed, right
Well seeing that for all adult inmates the Home Office says:
For the baseline cohort (2000), the actual two-year re-offending rate was 57.6 per cent. Reoffending means that the offender committed an offence within the two-year follow-up period and was subsequently convicted in court. In 2002, the actual rate increased to 58.5 per cent but the cohort of offenders in 2002 was, on balance, slightly more likely to re-offend. This resulted in a predicted rate of 58.6 per cent, which is higher than the actual rate. As the actual rate is lower than the predicted rate, there has been an improvement over the 2000 results, Got that?
So we can draw two conclusions - Reoffending rates are roughly the same for men and women and the call for women's prisons to be closed is pure sexism based on an outdated stereotype of poor delicate women needing special treatment - feminists should be appalled at the suggestion.
And secondly the Home Office expects two out of three ex-prisoners to be be caught and convicted within two years again - as I believe most people released from prison are on licence and so are being "managed in the community" what does that tell you about the effectiveness of letting them out as a crime prevention measure?