Are you female and have a criminal record? We want to hear from you!
A criminal record can be a real obstacle in getting on in life. What we don’t know is whether women face additional barriers that men don’t.
Last year, we published a report (A life sentence for young people) that looked at the specific problems people face from criminal records they acquired in their youth. In July this year, we published a report (Double discrimination?) that focused on the impact of criminal records as perceived by people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Now we want to understand the structural barriers women face in terms of their criminal record.
Although our focus is mainly on the issues that women have faced after they’ve received their criminal record, we’re also keen to identify any issues that might relate to earlier on in the process that had an impact later on in terms of the criminal record and its consequences.
We’re keen to hear from women with every type of criminal record – so whether you’ve been fined, spent time in prison, had a caution or spent time on probation, we want to hear from you about the problems your criminal record has caused for you.
We also want to hear from practitioners and organisations that have experience in this area.
Your answers will be treated in confidence and will directly inform our recommendations for structural and practical changes. These recommendations will be shared with people who have the power to make things better.
So what do we want to know?
There’s also an option to put your email address if you’re happy for us to contact you about your response.
We’re also keen to have contributions from practitioners and organisations that work with women. These can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey will close on Monday 14th October.
Thank you for your support.
Written by Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock
This work is part of our Unlocking Experience project.
- Update on research - The right to a fair future: understanding the influence of an early life criminal record on adult life courses Posted on: Sep 6th, 2019
Nicola Collett, a PhD student at Keele University, is currently…
- New policy briefing - EU nationals, settled status and criminal records Posted on: Sep 4th, 2019
This new briefing sets out the concerns that Unlock has about the EU…
- Are you female and have a criminal record? We want to hear from you! Posted on: Aug 30th, 2019
A criminal record can be a real obstacle in getting on in life. What…
- Monthly update - August 2019 Posted on: Aug 27th, 2019
We've just published our update for August 2019. This…
- Insurance industry trade body issues updated guidance to insurers on how they should treat people with convictions Posted on: Aug 6th, 2019
Last week, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) published…