Philip Davies MP calls for courts to be ‘gender blind’ as females shown to avoid prison

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MP Philip Davies MP Philip Davies

Shipley MP Philip Davies has strongly criticised the Government’s view that women criminals should not be sent to prison if possible.

Mr Davies said a crime was a crime whether committed by a male or female and showing leniency to women was unacceptable and sent out the wrong message.

“I would have hoped we all believe in equality between men and women,” he said.

“Surely that must mean the courts should be gender blind so that women offenders are treated in exactly the same way as men. It is a scandal that this is not happening.”

Last month Ministry of Justice figures revealed in all categories of crimes, men were more likely to be sent to prison than women.

The figures, uncovered by Mr Davies, also showed of 46,428 women tried for their first offences last year a total of 1,078 were sent to prison – 2.3 per cent.

In comparison 5.1 per cent of men – 6,490 of the 127,647 went to jail.

Speaking in Justice Questions, Mr Davies challenged whether the figures were correct.

Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said: “It is always in the minds of the sentencers to try to avoid sentencing in particular female offenders to custody.

“Sometimes that is unavoidable and that is why we need to provide the necessary places in the female custodial estate.”

Mr Davies added: “I am not sure how those who are most vocal on the issue of equality can be the same people who believe that women should be given more favourable treatment by the courts than men.”

“I believe in true equality and sentences should be handed out irrespective of the gender or race or religion or sexuality of the offender,” he said.

According to figures from the Howard League for Penal Reform:

  • As of November 2012, the women’s prison population stood at 4,141, 63 fewer than the previous year.
  • Between 2000 and 2010 the women’s prison population increased by 26 per cent.
  • Most women serve very short sentences. As of the end of June 2012, 58 per cent of sentenced women entering prison served six months or less.

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9:54am Fri 20 Dec 13

Badu05 says...

Philip Davis is completely ignorant and shows no recognition about the lack of equality with women being imprisoned for offences that men would not be also he shows no understanding of the issues that contribute to women's offending behaviour:
Over half of women in prison report having suffered domestic violence.
One in three women in prison report having suffered sexual abuse.
53% of women in prison report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse during childhood.
19% of women were not in permanent accommodation before entering custody and 10% of women were sleeping rough.
31% women in prison have spent time in local authority care as a child.
Nearly 40% of women in prison left school before the age of 16 years, almost one in 10 were aged 13 or younger.
30% of women were permanently excluded from school.
Maybe he should spend his time in parliament calling for reforms in the Criminal Justice System to prosecute effectively makes who commit violence against women and girls, rather than calling for punitive measures against those who have already been punished. If only the women who needed to be locked up for public protection were, this would amount to approx 350 women.
Philip Davis is completely ignorant and shows no recognition about the lack of equality with women being imprisoned for offences that men would not be also he shows no understanding of the issues that contribute to women's offending behaviour: Over half of women in prison report having suffered domestic violence. One in three women in prison report having suffered sexual abuse. 53% of women in prison report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse during childhood. 19% of women were not in permanent accommodation before entering custody and 10% of women were sleeping rough. 31% women in prison have spent time in local authority care as a child. Nearly 40% of women in prison left school before the age of 16 years, almost one in 10 were aged 13 or younger. 30% of women were permanently excluded from school. Maybe he should spend his time in parliament calling for reforms in the Criminal Justice System to prosecute effectively makes who commit violence against women and girls, rather than calling for punitive measures against those who have already been punished. If only the women who needed to be locked up for public protection were, this would amount to approx 350 women. Badu05

9:56am Fri 20 Dec 13

Badu05 says...

Sorry 'males'.
Sorry 'males'. Badu05

10:03am Fri 20 Dec 13

Badu05 says...

AND, if he is calling for 'equality' for women what about demanding equal pay, and as women represent over half the population, a true reflection of the cabinet would be a start...
AND, if he is calling for 'equality' for women what about demanding equal pay, and as women represent over half the population, a true reflection of the cabinet would be a start... Badu05

12:21pm Fri 20 Dec 13

notoptomistic says...

Badu05 wrote:
Philip Davis is completely ignorant and shows no recognition about the lack of equality with women being imprisoned for offences that men would not be also he shows no understanding of the issues that contribute to women's offending behaviour:
Over half of women in prison report having suffered domestic violence.
One in three women in prison report having suffered sexual abuse.
53% of women in prison report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse during childhood.
19% of women were not in permanent accommodation before entering custody and 10% of women were sleeping rough.
31% women in prison have spent time in local authority care as a child.
Nearly 40% of women in prison left school before the age of 16 years, almost one in 10 were aged 13 or younger.
30% of women were permanently excluded from school.
Maybe he should spend his time in parliament calling for reforms in the Criminal Justice System to prosecute effectively makes who commit violence against women and girls, rather than calling for punitive measures against those who have already been punished. If only the women who needed to be locked up for public protection were, this would amount to approx 350 women.
Daft, hypocritical femi-nazi 'factoid' rubbish presented as truth..
All your bleats apply to fellas as well, yes, even the violence ones.
(Though of course the polarised hypocrites like yourself now consider 'verbal insults' and 'ignoring' as part of the definitions for domestic violence - funnily enough, these changes in definition came about after longitudinal studies found women and men pretty much equal when it came to the 'violence' side of things.)
[quote][p][bold]Badu05[/bold] wrote: Philip Davis is completely ignorant and shows no recognition about the lack of equality with women being imprisoned for offences that men would not be also he shows no understanding of the issues that contribute to women's offending behaviour: Over half of women in prison report having suffered domestic violence. One in three women in prison report having suffered sexual abuse. 53% of women in prison report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse during childhood. 19% of women were not in permanent accommodation before entering custody and 10% of women were sleeping rough. 31% women in prison have spent time in local authority care as a child. Nearly 40% of women in prison left school before the age of 16 years, almost one in 10 were aged 13 or younger. 30% of women were permanently excluded from school. Maybe he should spend his time in parliament calling for reforms in the Criminal Justice System to prosecute effectively makes who commit violence against women and girls, rather than calling for punitive measures against those who have already been punished. If only the women who needed to be locked up for public protection were, this would amount to approx 350 women.[/p][/quote]Daft, hypocritical femi-nazi 'factoid' rubbish presented as truth.. All your bleats apply to fellas as well, yes, even the violence ones. (Though of course the polarised hypocrites like yourself now consider 'verbal insults' and 'ignoring' as part of the definitions for domestic violence - funnily enough, these changes in definition came about after longitudinal studies found women and men pretty much equal when it came to the 'violence' side of things.) notoptomistic

1:37pm Fri 20 Dec 13

The Hoffster says...

Send 'em to Peru.
Send 'em to Peru. The Hoffster

3:04pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Badu05 says...

notoptomistic wrote:
Badu05 wrote:
Philip Davis is completely ignorant and shows no recognition about the lack of equality with women being imprisoned for offences that men would not be also he shows no understanding of the issues that contribute to women's offending behaviour:
Over half of women in prison report having suffered domestic violence.
One in three women in prison report having suffered sexual abuse.
53% of women in prison report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse during childhood.
19% of women were not in permanent accommodation before entering custody and 10% of women were sleeping rough.
31% women in prison have spent time in local authority care as a child.
Nearly 40% of women in prison left school before the age of 16 years, almost one in 10 were aged 13 or younger.
30% of women were permanently excluded from school.
Maybe he should spend his time in parliament calling for reforms in the Criminal Justice System to prosecute effectively makes who commit violence against women and girls, rather than calling for punitive measures against those who have already been punished. If only the women who needed to be locked up for public protection were, this would amount to approx 350 women.
Daft, hypocritical femi-nazi 'factoid' rubbish presented as truth..
All your bleats apply to fellas as well, yes, even the violence ones.
(Though of course the polarised hypocrites like yourself now consider 'verbal insults' and 'ignoring' as part of the definitions for domestic violence - funnily enough, these changes in definition came about after longitudinal studies found women and men pretty much equal when it came to the 'violence' side of things.)
Ha ha!!!!
[quote][p][bold]notoptomistic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badu05[/bold] wrote: Philip Davis is completely ignorant and shows no recognition about the lack of equality with women being imprisoned for offences that men would not be also he shows no understanding of the issues that contribute to women's offending behaviour: Over half of women in prison report having suffered domestic violence. One in three women in prison report having suffered sexual abuse. 53% of women in prison report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse during childhood. 19% of women were not in permanent accommodation before entering custody and 10% of women were sleeping rough. 31% women in prison have spent time in local authority care as a child. Nearly 40% of women in prison left school before the age of 16 years, almost one in 10 were aged 13 or younger. 30% of women were permanently excluded from school. Maybe he should spend his time in parliament calling for reforms in the Criminal Justice System to prosecute effectively makes who commit violence against women and girls, rather than calling for punitive measures against those who have already been punished. If only the women who needed to be locked up for public protection were, this would amount to approx 350 women.[/p][/quote]Daft, hypocritical femi-nazi 'factoid' rubbish presented as truth.. All your bleats apply to fellas as well, yes, even the violence ones. (Though of course the polarised hypocrites like yourself now consider 'verbal insults' and 'ignoring' as part of the definitions for domestic violence - funnily enough, these changes in definition came about after longitudinal studies found women and men pretty much equal when it came to the 'violence' side of things.)[/p][/quote]Ha ha!!!! Badu05

6:13pm Fri 20 Dec 13

freespeech says...

I don't think anyone actually listens to Philip Davies MP, I fail to see anything he has achieved. I would like him to explain why as a member of the local conservative party, he has to hire (at public expense) the office he occupies in the conservative club at a rate of £100 per week! He also fully supports his own 11% pay rise and lucrative expenses, this is someone just milking the system for his own ends, this man does not represent his constitutes.
I don't think anyone actually listens to Philip Davies MP, I fail to see anything he has achieved. I would like him to explain why as a member of the local conservative party, he has to hire (at public expense) the office he occupies in the conservative club at a rate of £100 per week! He also fully supports his own 11% pay rise and lucrative expenses, this is someone just milking the system for his own ends, this man does not represent his constitutes. freespeech

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