The Hallam Centre for Community Justice at Sheffield Hallam University marked International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2016 by holding a conference in Sheffield on Improving the lives of women and girls in the criminal justice system – what works?
This conference was part of our 2016 Research into Practice Conference and Seminar Series, which presents research evidence to inform better criminal justice policy and practice, bringing together policy makers, practitioners, researchers and students as both audience and speakers.
- Keynote speaker: Vicky Pryce – Economist and author of Prisonomics – Vicky’s 2013 book looks at how prisons work and should work based on her personal experience of prison and her professional expertise as an economist.
- Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe – Director of the Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice, University of Cambridge, with a distinguished record of research into women offenders including the 2009 review of “What works with women offenders”.
- Caroline O’ Keeffe – Senior Research Manager at the Hallam Centre for Community Justice, Sheffield Hallam University, with an extensive record of research into women offenders, including female peer research projects and research director for the evaluation of the Greater Manchester Whole System Approach to Women Offenders.
- Dr Gilly Sharpe – Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Sheffield and the author of “Offending girls: Young women and youth justice” with research interests in youth justice policy and the transition to adulthood.
- Jackie Lowthian – Director of Social Justice Solutions with a long record of working with women offenders as: a practitioner, a former Director of Nacroand as a consultant and researcher.
- Linda Meadows – Senior Research Manager at the Hallam Centre for Community Justice, Sheffield Hallam University, and author of a 2014 literature review into gender based offender behaviour programmes and extensive experience of criminal justice research.
The topics covered by this conference included:
- An overview of the evidence base for what works with women offenders
- Findings from the evaluation of the whole system approach to women offenders in Greater Manchester
- What works with girls in the criminal justice system
- Enhancing care for childbearing women in prison
- Women-specific offending behavioural programmes.
Please see below for links to presentations from the day: