Barry Sheerman

Yorkshire MP says 'only violent' women should be in jail

Women should not be sent to jail unless they are "very violent", an MP has said, amid calls for a better system for those who have broken the law.

MP Barry Sheerman
UK Parliament

Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman says a new approach is needed as current system leaves women being released from prison with "no housing, no support, no counselling, and no work".

He told the Commons: "This week we have had many big demonstrations, but there was a smaller one from Women in Prison.

"I don't believe, on the whole, that women should go to prison unless they are very violent.

"Can we have a debate on women and prisons, at the moment, they come out, no housing, no support, no counselling, and no work."

Commons Leader Mel Stride replied: "The female prison population is a minority number but there are issues as to whether incarceration in that form is appropriate in all instances as you have suggested."

He said Mr Sheerman's remarks on the issue "will be heard".

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