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Women shouldn’t be forced to seek refuge inside a prison

Borstal young offender cellsource: Politics.co.uk
published: 20 May 2016

By Claire Cain
Over the years Holloway has been like a refuge to me – sleeping in doorways was tough. When it was freezing and there was snow on the ground, I would never have survived outside.”

The above quote is from the story Survival, part of an online collection of anonymous first-hand accounts about life in soon to be closed Holloway prison. It says everything about why we, at the national charity Women in Prison (WIP), have launched a campaign to Reclaim Holloway, and why we want to see a different approach to prison reform from that set out in the Queen’s Speech.

Every year around 9,000 women are sent to prison, yet the only risk of harm posed by most of them is to themselves. Suicides in prison are on the rise. Read the rest of this entry

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Grandson of last British woman to be hanged fights to clear her name

Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis

source: Sunday Post
published: 27 June 2016

The grandson of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, has vowed to carry on the fight to clear her name. Steven Beard, 27, is seeking a pardon for Ellis, despite a Court of Appeal ruling that her conviction was not a miscarriage of justice.

The glamorous London nightclub hostess was sent to the gallows for shooting dead her abusive lover, racing driver David Blakely, in 1955.

Mr Beard believes new evidence published by writer Carol Ann Lee in her book, A Fine Day For A Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story, could be the basis for a fresh appeal. The book was published four years after Georgina, Mr Beard’s mother, died of cancer in 2001. Read the rest of this entry

New book addresses controversial police powers and accountability

Police vs People source: StopWatch
published: 9 December 2015

The recently released ‘Stop and Search: the Anatomy of a Police Power’ provides a compelling and well-rounded analysis of the issues around the power that daily allows officers to invade an individual’s privacy and to intrude into people’s liberty.

Academics and renowned criminologists have contributed to the book’s eight chapters, covering issues ranging from police racism and the economic case for stop and search to counter terrorism policing.

The book launch, hosted by the LSE on 26 November, saw discussions by Emeritus Professor Robert Reiner, Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa and the book’s editors and contributors.

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