Self-recorded ethnicity of the 27 women interviewed
Asian Muslim Pakistani/Caucasian 1 2
(In 2003, 31% of women in prison were from ethnic minority backgrounds. HM
Prison Service 2003:3)
Ages of the 27 women interviewed
(In 2002 69% of sentenced women in custody were aged between 21 and 39 years. HM Prison Service 2003:3)
1.iii The Two Life Histories were required under the terms of the proposal submitted to the EU and the quotations from these are used in the same way as the prisoner and ex-prisoner interviews. Each set of interviews totalled about 8 hours, and supplemented by telephone calls and informal conversations. One set was conducted in prison and the informant’s home; the other was conducted mainly in prison as the informant was only out for one day (when she gave one interview) before being arrested and taken back into custody. All interviews were tape- recorded and transcribed.
1. iv. The 26 Professionals’ Interviews The views of 26 professionals working in the Criminal Justice System were canvassed, using the questions listed below, but adapted to the area of expertise of the interviewee. In a few cases, extremely technical replies were tape recorded to ensure that the details were collected accurately.
Women in Prison: Recording Schedule for Professionals Organisation/geographical position: Present Position: Previous relevant experience: Part 1 General Views
(This section is concerned with your views on issues which are controversial. In your position, you will obviously know that there are several complex answers, which could be given to each section, but here we are just trying to get your general orientation to the topic).
1.What, in your opinion, are the three main causes of women’s crime?