There are 12 women's prisons in the UK and there are now more women serving custodial sentences in prison than there were 25 years ago. According to the Prison Reform Trust
, many are sent to prison on short sentences like Susie’s. In 2020 5,011 women were sent to prison. According to the campaign group Women In Prison
, most of the women in prison in Britain are serving short sentences for non-violent offences, with many swept up into crime as a result of their experiences
of poverty, trauma and abuse. Indeed, 72% of women in prison are serving sentences of 12 months or less according to the Prison Reform Trust
and almost half of them have committed crime to support somebody else’s drug use
. According to the government’s own Female Offender Strategy
, 63% of women in prison are survivors of domestic abuse.