Women have served as prison and correctional officers since the early 19th century in London. However the controversial opinion of ‘women shouldn’t work in male prisons’ still exists.
With violence in prisons now on the rise and 400+ jobs in the sector soon to be filled, more women are working as prison officers than ever before.
You may imagine abuse, sexual harassment and discrimination are things females in the role deal with daily, so is a male prison really a place for women to work?
In a survey, I asked 32 people which opinions they agreed with;
- 25 thought prisoners view female officers sexually.
- 22 said female officers are targeted by male prisoners.
- 20 people believed female officers face discrimination from male staff.
- And 1 person thinks female prison officers are more likely to co conspire with prisoners than male officers are.
We hear from 3 people with different experiences of prison, to explore their opinions around female prison officers.
For legal reasons, prisoner Leigh Bridle has been voiced by an actor.
Click here to view the full survey and Survey Report.