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Women and Criminal JusticeFrom the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation$
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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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Older women prisoners and The Rubies project

Older women prisoners and The Rubies project

(p.137) Eight Older women prisoners and The Rubies project
Women and Criminal Justice

Jill Annison

Alma Hageman

Policy Press

This chapter explores the situation regarding older women prisoners in England and Wales and, in particular, turns the spotlight onto ‘The Rubies’, a project which runs for older women within Eastwood Park, a closed women’s prison in South West England. There is an initial descriptive review of older women in the prison system. This is followed by an account of the regular meetings of ‘The Rubies’; this section includes extracts from poems written by some of the participants. The example of ‘The Rubies’ shows how provision of a charity, in collaboration with and with the support of the prison authorities, can provide an innovative, supportive and flexible response for older women offenders within such a setting.

Keywords:   older women, women prisoners, recoop, the rubies

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