Sparked by this opinion piece in the guardian from the outgoing chair of the women in prison pressure group. There are better answers than jail for women who have offended https://www.theguardian.com/comment...answers-than-jail-for-women-who-have-offended The crux of the position seems to be an arbitrary, highly unequal idea that women should be treated differently by men for the same crime, and hence given different punishment. This to me strikes at the very heart of equality and the principle of equal treatment under the law that we should be working to address. Gender, unless it's explicitly relevant to the crime, should not be used as a sentencing factor at all. This is not to say that some of the points mentioned in the article are necessarily invalid (such as the points about mental health, childhood abuse and so on), but those things are also highly overrepresented in the male prison population too, and if they should be considered as reasons to alter the punishment, then it should surely apply to both. Am I expecting too much from so called equality campaigners?