Women behind bars

Women behind bars

Women behind bars
Friday 25 September 2020, 12.30pm to 1.30pm BST
Past event
Past event
Friday 25 September 2020, 12.30pm to 1.30pm BST
  • Scales of Justice
Cambridge Women in Law explore what keeps women needlessly trapped in the criminal justice system
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Diversity, Humanities, Social sciences

This webinar will explore some of the barriers faced by women stuck within the criminal justice system: barriers which lead some to find themselves in a revolving door of prison admissions, others to lose their homes and their children, and many to fail in attempts to overturn unfair convictions and unfair sentences. 

Join Professor Loraine Gelsthrope, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justine and Director of the Institue of Criminology, Professor Nicky Padfield, Professor of Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty and Naima Sakande, a criminal defence investigator at APPEAL.  Together they share their work and vast experience of studying and working with women in the criminal justice system, from sentencing, parole and recall to the barriers that deter women from appealing in court.

Following the discussion, there will be a live audience Q&A.

Women behind bars


Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe (Fellow of Pembroke College)

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe

Loraine Gelsthorpe is Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice and Director of the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow, and Tutor for Graduate Affairs at Pembroke College.  Loraine has wide-ranging interests in the links between criminal justice and social justice, looking at race, gender and social exclusion, women and sentencing, human trafficking and the criminalisation of women, and at the effectiveness of youth and community penalties in particular.

She also has a keen interest in research methodologies and research ethics.   Loraine is also a psychoanalytic psychotherapist (UKCP registered).    

Recent publications include Dominey, J. and Gelsthorpe, L. (2020) ‘Resettlement and the case for women’,  Probation Journal.  A new book entitled: Spaces of Care. (2020) An Interdisciplinary Exploration of ‘Care’ edited by L. Gelsthorpe, B. Sloan, P.  Mody.   (Oxford: Hart); Gelsthorpe, L.   ‘What works with women?’  in P. Ugwudike, H. Graham, F. McNeill, P. Raynor, F. Taxman, C. Trotter (Eds) (2019) The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice.   

Professor Nicky Padfield (Darwin 1976)

Professor Nicky Padfield

Professor Nicola Padfield QC (Hon), MA, Dip Crim, DES is Professor of Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty and has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1991.  She was the Master of the College from 2013-2019.

Her teaching and research has covered a broad canvas in criminal law, sentencing and criminal justice more generally. She sat as a Recorder (part-time judge) in the Crown Court from 2002-2014, is a Bencher of the Middle Temple and served as the University Advocate for several years. She was appointed as Honorary Queen's Counsel in 2018.

Nicola Padfield’s books include ‘The Criminal Justice Process: Text and Materials’ (5th edition, 2016); ‘Criminal Law’ (10th edition, 2016), and ‘Beyond the Tariff: Human rights and the release of life sentence prisoners’ (2002).

Naima Sakande (2019 Griffins Fellow )

Naima Sakande

Naima Sakande is a criminal defence investigator at APPEAL, where she manages their Women’s Justice Initiative. She specialises in case investigation for criminal appeals on behalf of women with histories of domestic abuse and mental illness. She also produces their Surviving Injustice podcast, and her own podcast, Third Culture, which explores the heritage and stories of people with mixed identities.

Naima previously managed programmes for young women affected by gangs in London at the youth charity, Leap Confronting Conflict, as well as working on pre-trial criminal cases as an Investigator for The Bronx Defenders, an internationally renowned public defender office in New York City. She is a trustee of the charity Women in Prison who campaign for radical alternatives to prison.

She is also a 2019 Griffins Society Fellow, conducting research on the barriers to appeal for women with the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. Naima has a B.A. in International Development from Yale University. 
(see appeal.org.uk)

Reading list

Righting Wrongs: What are the barriers faced by women seeking to overturn unsafe convictions or unfair sentences in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)? - by Naima Sakande

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