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Pensioner Sentenced

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As reported in several media outlets a 61 year old was sentenced for benefit fraud whilst working as an escort :-

 

http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/10516264.Abbots_Langley_benefit_cheat_to_repay___33k_after_claiming_while_working_as_escort/

 

Part of her sentence was a Women Specific Order - that's a new one on me; perhaps one of our legal experts can tell us what it is?

 

It might have something to do with this, although the jargon is somewhat impenetrable.

 

http://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/205166/evaluation-women-specific-condition-pilot.pdf

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It might have something to do with this, although the jargon is somewhat impenetrable.

 

http://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/205166/evaluation-women-specific-condition-pilot.pdf

It seems to me it's basically instead of sending women offenders to jail, or imposing a harsher sentence they issue a caution with the condition they attend a centre to discuss their 'needs' and the situations which led them to commit offences in the first place.

 

Many people do argue that the majority of female offenders are not a danger to the public, and so do not require the same sentences a man would - that the reasons are often circumstantial or out of survival instinct rather than out and out badness, or intention to harm. I had read articles on this topic some time ago, and it would seem this is some sort of step towards preventing reoffending by certain groups. Reading the report on the .gov.uk website gives me the feeling it's a lot of talk, and nothing particularly different to having a probation officer or a type of drop-in many of which exist in various guises however it might mean more opportunity to reintegrate into society, or tackle the real issues rather than being stuck in prison at expense. I don't really know enough about it!

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It seems to me it's basically instead of sending women offenders to jail, or imposing a harsher sentence they issue a caution with the condition they attend a centre to discuss their 'needs' and the situations which led them to commit offences in the first place.

 

 

That's pretty much it. The WSC is a form of conditional caution which would be issued at the police station. The WSO referred to in Mega's article is in that case an Order forming part of the judge's sentence.

 

They're both forms of Women Specific Disposals, the difference being that the WSC is out-of court.

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