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Short Update: Howard League for Penal Reform sends letter to Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales concerning women in the UK criminal courts

FT Admin - June 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions, Prison monitoring

Howard League for Penal Reform sent a letter to Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Hon. Robert Buckland advocating for women in prison under Covid-19 restrictions. 

The letter highlights that given the particular difficulties faced by women in prison, and their families, the Lord Chief Justice should ensure that judges and magistrates are fully informed of the circumstances for women in custody and encourage the judiciary to tailor its approach to remand and sentence decisions accordingly, in line with existing law and guidance. 

Read the full letter here.

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