Muslim Women In Prisons Face A Unique Combination Of Stigma And Discrimination
Muslim women are increasingly overrepresented in UK prisons, experts say their needs are not being met, and they also face stigma within their community.
Muslim women sent to prison face both a triple disadvantage of gender, race, and faith discrimination, and a double sentence of jail followed by a lifetime of community stigma, experts have said.
As a landmark report published on Friday concluded accountability needed to be bolstered across the criminal justice system for the treatment and outcomes of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, BuzzFeed News was told that Muslim women are left "under the radar" in prisons.
Muslim women in custody have increased as a proportion of total female prisoners from 5.2% to 6.3% since March 2014, as prisoner numbers rise overall.
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