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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Women in the justice maze

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Campaign by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies to raise awareness of how poorly the criminal justice system meets the needs of women offenders. #FixtheMaze

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has launched a new campaign to reform the way that women are treated in the criminal justice system.

CCJS argues that the response to women offenders is too reliant on prison which doesn’t address the wide range of problems which most women experience.

They have produced the excellent video below.

Please watch it and share:

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If you can’t see the video on your device, navigate to this link:

You can also use the hashtag #FixtheMaze on Twitter to raise awareness, see the most recent tweets here:


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  1. I had everyone of the trauma’s listed in this video at the beginning, emotional abuse,sexual abuse, physical abuse, anxiety and depression and it is spot on when it say’s women come out of prison worse than when we went in, our bodies may feel a bit better because it’s had a rest from the day to day grind of being a drug addict and criminal in my case but our heads were in worse state because we’ve all just had this experience where we’ve lived a relatively normal life inside prison for a few months and then the day your released you have nowhere to go, over the years I have heard different promises from the prison on things to help us girls on release but it was always smoke and mirrors, one promise was that you would ever be released again without an address to go to but the workload must of been too much because what happened was that you would get called into see someone about your housing issue’s a fortnight before you were to be released and it was pretty obvious that a lot of us girls had tried all the other ways to get housing but we got knocked back everywhere we went because of who we were and what we were and because our reputations preceded us, the saying “muck sticks” comes to mind and so 2 wks before you are released sat in this office with someone who is just doing there job at the prison and does not really care if you have anywhere to go or not but all they need and want to do is make the books and numbers tally and no really hard work was ever done on my behalf to help me get somewhere and so they call you in again the week before your EDL and they are telling you that they are struggling with this one case of yours and then they tell you it could affect your release date because they still haven’t been able to get you sorted with somewhere to go and live on release at which point your stunned because you don’t want to stay in these shit holes any longer than you have to, your drug problems(in my case) have not been dealt with at all, you still have every single problem that brought you to that point but you still want to get out there and so they say they can get round it by putting down the address you are going out to is the address you used in court when you first got caught and came to prison and of course you let them do this, even if you are pissed off because you know theyve not really helped you solve anything, i really think had i been given the right support on leaving prison the last 4 times i was in i would of stood a chance at getting on my feet…….being a sholifter and an habitual offender I was on a revovlving door for a long time at the prison staying there at least once in any given year and in the end the only reason I managed to get help was because I took a really serious overdose in some felds miles from anywhere because i did not want sympathy i just did not want that life anymore it seemed that this is all there was ever going to be for me and i wanted it no more…..and wouldn’t you know some woman walking her dog found me, i was distraught 2 days later when i woke up and realised i was still here and i was sectioned to my local mental health unit and it was here that one of the head nurses took pity on me and started me off on the right path by getting me into an hostel with support and a month later when i was released from the ward, thats is where i went to an hostel in another city 25 miles from where i had always lived and that lead onto all sorts of other help and i have never looked back……..so one of my worst ever decisions lead to my whole life changing for the better……..but it shouldn’t of even got to that point and i know there wil be many other girls that didn’t make it because it was just to damn hard for them….it almost was for me 🙁

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