Published 18th March 2024

Sentencing Council announces a new mitigating factor “Pregnancy, childbirth and post natal care”

The change in guidance follows extensive work by Bhatt Murphy with NGOs Birth Companions and Level Up in exposing the mistreatment of pregnant women and children in prison including the investigation into the death of baby Brooke Leigh Powell at HMP Styal (see here) and the Court of Appeal quashing the sentence of a pregnant woman (see here). The Sentencing Council proposals are available here.

Jane Ryan, Simon Creighton, Christina Bodenes, Renata Sweeney,  Michela Carini, Joanna Khan, Catherine Shannon, Amy Ooi and Anna Thomson work on cases involving the mistreatment of pregnant women in prison.


Contact a member of the Bhatt Murphy team today