Over the past 18 months Women’s Justice Network have had the great privilege to work alongside Ally, Chloe, Frances, Vicki, Jess and Kaz who became our founding members of the WJN Advisory Panel. These passionate and inspirational women with lived experience want to change the way women in prison are viewed by society. The panel will soon be releasing a very special book which will be provided to every woman in custody to tell them that they are not forgotten, and that people care. We look forward to providing updates on their work and project achievements.
The future of prisons beyond the pandemic
Women’s experiences in the criminal justice system
By Zahra Stardust, August 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has spun the justice sector into disarray, demanding that we find new ways to organise society. As women in prison mobilise to support one another through the pandemic, their stories demonstrate that prisons never worked, but that there are viable alternatives. Despite its loss of funding and program restrictions, the Women’s Justice Network shows why we need action now more than ever.
Women’s Justice Network would like to thank Zahra Stardust, one of our mentors, for writing the following candid article. It captures the impact of COVID-19 and challenges our thinking of the future of prisons.