Women ‘less likely to be jailed’ in Warwickshire

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Magistrates in Warwickshire are less likely to send a woman to prison than courts in most parts of England and Wales, according to figures published this week.

Courts in the county imposed custodial sentences in 0.8 per cent of the cases they heard in 2011 – one of the lowest rates in the country. Nationally, custody was immediately imposed in 1.5 per cent of cases.

The figures were published by the Howard League for Penal Reform.