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Why education in women’s prisons is not fit for purpose

“Unless something is done, female prison leavers will be ill-equipped to deal with the triple discrimination against their gender, criminal record and lack of formal qualifications”

By Sophie Campbell  

Ask anyone if they believe men and women should receive a separate and unequal education, and most would say no. However, the equality of rights we so often take for granted is deliberately withheld from female prisoners, who often make up the most vulnerable members of our society, meaning a large gender gap exists in male and female prisoners’ access to education.

The female prison population, though it has more than doubled since 1993, hovers just under the 4,000 mark. Despite their low numbers, women in…

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