The increasing incarceration of women is a disgraceful situation which must be challenged

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Few sensible politicians would support locking up the thousands of women who receive the shortest sentences, at the highest cost to the state and to their families, and make up a tiny proportion of overall crime in this country. It would defy all logic for the Government to shrink from changing this system – they should instead focus on supporting the pioneering projects that deal with women in their community. Alternatives to custody have much better success rates than simply giving women – and often their children – a ‘short, sharp, shock’.