The crisis of penal populism: prison legitimacy and its effects on women’s prisons in the UK
- Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal
- Susanna Menis, University of London, London
Considering the closure of one of the oldest and infamous prisons in London, HM Holloway female prison, and the controversy which had followed the plan concerning the use of the land, this study provides a brief review of the penal policies affecting women’s prisons in the UK since the 1990s. The review draws attention to the problematic concept of penal populism and how the government has been using the
prison system as a pawn in their political battleground. Therefore, it is argued that the failings in the prison system cannot be attributed solely to its nature, but it is also essential to consider the temperament of politics in this area.
penal populism, prison legitimacy, women’s prisons in the UK, HM holloway female prison