The UK penal system is designed by men, for men. Women deserve better

Ten years after the Corston report into women’s vulnerability in the criminal justice system, our new inquiry wants change

Anna* was a woman in trouble. She had been living on the streets for 12 years, was a heroin user on a methadone script, and would binge-drink alcohol. She lived with and cared for her partner in a hostel, often putting his needs above her own. Her children had been taken from her because of her drug abuse and neglect.

When Anna began the Enrich Programme at Alana House, a women’s centre in Berkshire, she said she felt hopeless. She was sure that she would fail, not because she wanted to, but because she was worried she’d miss appointments, just as she had in the past with her doctor.

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