No justice for women as ‘glass ceiling’ bars progress

A
glass ceiling across the criminal justice system is excluding women from the
top jobs, according to a new report.

The
Fawcett Society, which campaigns for equality for women, has looked at the
experiences and position of women working across the criminal justice system,
including in the police, judiciary, the legal profession, the Crown Prosecution
Service, and the prison and probation services.

The
society claims a culture of discrimination remains in the criminal justice
system, which results in lower pay and a "ghettoisation of women into
certain jobs".

This
has led to problems for employers recruiting and retaining women, claims the
research.

The
commission found that women’s representation in the top jobs is as follows:


One woman out of 12 judges in the House of Lords


Five women out of 43 chief constables of police


18 women out of 42 chief officers of probation


Seven women out of 42 chief crown prosecutors


31 women out of 138 prison governors

By Michael Millar

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