Women in the criminal justice system: new Griffins Society reports

The Griffins Society sponsors research to bring about change in how women and girls are dealt with in the criminal justice system. Griffins Society fellowships – supported by Lankelly Chase – give frontline workers the opportunity to design and undertake their own research projects, with the support of academic supervisors.

The four recently published reports are:

Losing my voice: disclosure for sex-working women in residential drug treatment examines the ways in which women who have been, or are currently, involved in sex work disclose this information in rehab settings; and looks at what the implications of these women’s experiences are for practice. The findings have already resulted in a new support programme at the researcher’s host organisation, the Nelson Trust.

Time after Time: a study of women’s transitions from custody uses in-depth interviews with women to explore transitions from prison into the community. There is a particular focus on short-term sentences and first-time offences.

Probation officers’ accounts of practice with women convicted of intimate partner violence towards men aims to fill a research gap relating to women’s perpetration of violence towards male partners, with particular focus on responses in the probation service.

Prison as a place of safety for women with complex mental health needs looks at the imprisonment of women deemed in need of ‘protection’ from themselves, using interviews with police, court and prison staff.

All reports and further information are available on the Griffins Society website.