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Jo Brayford and John Deering

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319306

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319306.001.0001

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The role of the media in women’s penal reform1

The role of the media in women’s penal reform1

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Women and Criminal Justice

Gemma Birkett

Policy Press

While there exists a broad political consensus about the unnecessary overuse of short custodial sentences for non-violent women a number of obstacles to the successful realisation of this strategy persist. Based on empirical data gathered from interviews with Directors of national penal reform organisations, former Justice Ministers and senior civil servants, social commentators and journalists from across the spectrum, this chapter will critically explore the role of the national print news media in the reform of women’s penal policy. Highlighting the peripheral status of women’s penal reform on the policy agenda, it will shine a spotlight on the relations between penal reform campaigners, policymakers and journalists, before considering some practical tips for those working in this area.

Keywords:   women’s penal policy, news media, penal reform

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