"Diversion from prosecution is key in reforming the landscape of women in the Criminal Justice System"

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Criminal defence barrister Paramjit Ahluwalia highlights the need for a new approach to women in the criminal justice system, with increased use of diversion from prosecution and collaborative work with women’s centres.

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"Over a decade ago in the Corston report in 2007, Baroness Corston outlined the need for a “radical change in the way we treat women throughout the whole of the criminal justice system…requiring a radical new approach, treating women both holistically and individually – a woman-centred approach.”

A report published this month by the Prison Reform Trust ‘Fair cop? Improving outcomes for women at the point of arrest’ highlights the need for early intervention and whole system approaches."

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Paramjit Ahluwalia is a criminal defence barrister at Garden Court Chambers and Trustee of the charity Women in Prison. She is a member of Garden Court’s Crime and Criminal Appeals teams.

This is an extract from the original article, 'Women in Prison', published in Criminal Law & Justice Weekly.

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