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Female offenders are a "special case" and should be treated differently to men because many had been victims themselves, he told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast.
"There are so many women who ought not to be in prison. About half ought not to be there at all," the minister said.
"I met a woman in her 20s the other day who clearly ought to be sectioned. Her problem is a health problem, not a criminality one. Prisons shouldn't have to cope with that."
In the early 1980s two court cases in England catapulted PMS (premenstrual syndrome) into front page headlines, talk shows, and medical and legal journals: it became a centre of controversy. The news of these two cases in which women were placed on probation for murder with PMS defences caused a heated debate in the press of many countries with captions such as 'raging hormones', 'premenstrual frenzy' and 'Dr Jekyll and Ms Hyde'.
however if she is a nursing mother or with small children then I do honestly think, that unless she is dangerous to her little ones we should have the resources to house 'family jails when parenting skills etc could actually be taught and feed back earned.
Once those in charge of making the rules and exercising them have invested enough in womans prisons, things will change.
I just think we could handle 'Mother-crime" when little children are involved better than dumptng the kiddies into the foster care system - which is hardly a place most people would want their kiddies to experience - would you?
originally posted by: Indigent
Women are incapable of doing anything bad (but equal to men in every way at the same time), you people are just sexist.
This discrimination against woman should stop...
and sexist pigs should be removed from the gene pool,...