So, what is the burning issue facing our Prisons today? Rampant drug dealing amongst the convicts? Prisoners being able to walk out of jail, perhaps? Serious crimes being planned and then directed from prison cells? Jihad recruitment amongst the cons? Nope.
The BIG issue is…what is the correct term of address when talking to female prisoners. It’s reassuring to know that even as our penal system melts down, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Anne Owers, has found time to ponder this most pressing issue. The even better news is that she has come up with some new suggestions while inspecting HMP Send in Surrey and now implemented, they spell the end of the term ‘girl’ or ‘girls’. The description is deemed ‘condescending’, while the use of ‘lady or ladies’ is also banned because the equivalent for male lags is gentleman or gentlemen, which is understandably little used. Yes, in future, female prisoners must be referred to as women or a woman. ‘It is best to address individual women prisoners as Miss, Mrs, Ms as appropriate and their surname.’
What can you say? The UK penal system has been liberalised, feminised, and made into one grotesque joke.