Men Battle to End Prisons' Bias towards Women Inmates

By Hudson, Jenny | Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England), March 19, 2000 | Go to article overview

Men Battle to End Prisons' Bias towards Women Inmates


Hudson, Jenny, Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)


THE battle of the sexes is about to erupt in a new setting - behind bars.

The UK Men's Movement, a group claiming to champion male rights, is launching a campaign against discrimination in prisons.

Organisers claim male inmates have a raw deal compared with female cons and are urging prisoners to sue the Prison Service for sex discrimination.

The Midlands-based group is writing to prisoners across the country encouraging them to join the campaign and take prison authorities to court. They hope a male prisoner would be able to win a sex discrimination case.

Campaigners argue that men are more likely to face overcrowding and endure terrible conditions in grubby, outdated institutions.

Women enjoy greater access to their children than men, who end up alienated from their family, the group claims.

Consequently, greater numbers of male prisoners commit suicide, according to the UK Men's Movement.

The compensation culture is already rife in prisons where many inmates have launched lawsuits to redress their grievances.

Michael Sams, who was jailed in 1993 for the murder of Julie Dart and abduction of Birmingham estate agent Stephanie Slater, is suing the prison service because he claims his bed is too hard. …

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