Women and the Criminal Justice System - past, present and future (Criminology Seminar Series)

15 April 2016

Sociology, Department of

Time: 10:00
Venue: Royal Statistical Society, London, Off-campus

Join us in London for our one-day conference to discuss women as victims and as perpetrators of crime.

Throughout the day, academic researchers and professional practitioners will describe and analyse the journeys women take as they engage with the criminal justice system - from the point of being at risk of becoming a victim or offender, through experiences of trial, diversion and being inside and outside of prison - using a range of statistical and qualitative evidence.

This conference brings together the latest academic and policy analysis to key issues concerning women and the criminal justice system, aiming to inform practice, stimulate academic-professional partnerships and provide an opportunity for networking.

This conference is organised by the Centre for Criminology, Department of Sociology and the School of Law at the University of Essex with the Royal Statistical Society, co-sponsored by ESRC, CHASE and Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Betsy Stanko OBE (Head of Evidence and Insight at the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime) - Women's recorded rape allegations by police:  What is useful about 'knowing your business?
  • Jenny Earle (Programme Director, Reducing women's imprisonment, Prison Reform Trust) - Why focus on women's imprisonment?
  • Jacquline Gray (Middlesex University) - Rape mythology in the courtroom
  • Charlotte Triggs OBE, former Senior Policy Adviser, Crown Prosecution Service - False allegations of sexual violence - the reality
  • Darrick Jolliffe (University of Greenwich) - Paying the price for wrong decisions
  • Samantha Galisteo and Sumeet Sanghera (Analytical Service, Ministry of Justice) - Women and the criminal justice system: an overview of Ministry of Justice statistics and research findings
  • Gemma Birkett (City University, London) - Magistrates' knowledge of and confidence in community sentences for women in England and Wales
  • Emma Milne and Karen Brennan (University of Essex) - “Mothers” on trial – who she is, not what she’s done?
  • Sarah Day, Angela Jenner and Ruth Weir (University of Essex) - Domestic violence: predicting, policing & protecting

The event takes place from 10am - 6pm, at the Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX.

Tickets are free and all are welcome. Book your ticket. Lunch will be provided with a wine reception to close proceedings. Email c4crim@essex.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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