No one wants to acknowledge it but it’s there. It’s not sexist or discriminatory to say that men commit more crimes, it’s fact. Men are a lot more likely to commit crimes in their life than women. The crimes women do commit are usually things like theft, and the most common reasons are for their family. For example, a woman is more likely to steal a wallet to feed her family. A man is more likely to commit a violent crime. It’s just fact.
Women are a minority in the prison system making up only 5% in the UK! The reason is women just don’t commit crime as often as men.
So, women usually commit crime for their family and are a lot less likely to reoffend than men. So why are women recieving tougher sentences?
Let’s say a man robs a store.
Then a woman robs a store.
The woman is a lot more likely to receive a longer sentence than the man. Why?
The reasons have been speculated, the main one being that the justice system wants to look tough on women as so few are arrested. Therefore an example must be made to deter other women from crime.
Another example, bail is set at the same amount the man would get, HOWEVER, for women the system does not look at the woman’s background.
Do they have children (women are most usually the main care giver)? Do they have a job?
Times are changing, but still it is more common for a man to have a job and a woman to be a stay at home mother. Men get out on bail more than women because they usually have jobs and a lot of women have to support themselves and their children.
Prison is supposed to be about reform. If you rob someone and get sentenced, you should come out and be able to return to society. The prison system is not doing this. Prisoners are more likely to reoffend rather than integrate into the community. There is a lack of funding and overcrowding. Rather than being rehabilitated, money is being wasted locking then up over and over and over again.
The whole system is in need of reform.
- Programmes such as education
- Background history when sentencing and setting bail.
We need to focus on getting people in a good place, reducing crime rather than being tough on it.
Every time I hear the government say “we will be tough on crime!” I sigh. They’re relying on you to vote for them because the majority like the sound of tough on crime. But what a lot of people don’t understand is that being tough on crime won’t help in the long term. It’s just going to cost us more.
Drug users for example, they should be sent to a rehab facility not prison. They don’t need punished for an addiction, they need help.
Drug dealers however should be sentenced and while in prison they should be being rehabilitated. Given help to get jobs when they leave rather than turning back to dealing.
It’s all corrupt, especially in the USA, it makes me so angry but anger won’t help. Reform will. Please educate yourselves on the topic, it’s quite interesting to learn about too 🙂 though I would say that, I am studying Forensic Psych.
Have a nice day/night