The Corston Report - a review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system, was published in March 2007. Of the report's recommendations, 41 (of 43) were accepted by the then Labour Government. Since the report, a general consensus has emerged amongst policy makers and practitioners that female offenders frequently have multiple and complex problems. The extent of their need is frequently greater than for male offenders and their vulnerabilities are more widespread. Baroness Corston's vision for the creation of a “distinct, radically different, visibly-led, strategic, proportionate, holistic, woman-centred, integrated approach” has been trialled across England and Wales and has led to the development of a burgeoning evidence base around effective practice, albeit variable in robustness.
The up-coming 10th anniversary of the report in March 2017, provides an opportunity to reflect on: the diverse impacts of the report on policy and practice; how structural changes such as the contracting out of offender management services under the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms has affected provision for women offenders; and how the recently announced changes to the prison system by David Cameron - proposing what some commentators have termed 'academy prisons' may affect women and girls in the criminal justice system.
The editors of the Journal invite submissions for a special issue which will reflect on these changes and consider what is needed to improve provision for women and girls in the criminal justice system. Whilst focusing primarily on what is happening in England and Wales, we would welcome contributions which reflect on the situation in other countries in the UK and internationally, particularly identifying what we might learn from the experience of other countries.
We intend to publish in March 2017, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Corston report. Articles and Thought Pieces are welcomed from academics, researchers, policy development advisers, managers and practitioners, working or involved in any aspect of Criminal or Community Justice. They should be submitted to Jess Bamonte, the BJCJ Administrator via email on firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th September 2016 and will be subject to our normal journal review process. If you wish to discuss a potential piece prior to formal submission please contact BJCJ co-Editors: Jean Hine (email@example.com) and Kevin Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Further information for contributors can be accessed here, or by contacting the BJCJ Administrator, Jess Bamonte on email@example.com.