Category Archives: In The News
source: Dr David Baker
published: 10 February 2017
4WardEver UK and the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) are putting their support behind new research to be conducted by Dr David Baker of Coventry University, examining custody deaths from the viewpoint of the families that are affected.
Here’s what Dr David Baker has to say;
“I’m trying to make contact with you because I am interviewing family members who have had relatives die after police contact. I am documenting a number of things, the key ones are: how this death occurred, how you feel it was represented in the media, how the community reacted to the death, how you tried to get justice for your loved one, and how you feel you were (or were not) supported through this process. Read the rest of this entry
published: 14 October 2016
From self-harming in groups to starvation and self-immolation, women are overwhelmingly more likely than men to hurt themselves while incarcerated. So why isn’t the prison system responding?
Marria, 29, is a disability rights activist who uses a wheelchair. She also has borderline personality disorder and a history of self-harm. In 2013, she was convicted of an antisocial behavior charge, and sentenced to time in prison.
“I was in Holloway for ten months,” she said. “I went through lots of self-harm episodes there, including setting myself on fire and trying to hang myself.”
Penny Bennett, a charity caseworker who supported her, said Maria frequently used a dressing gown robe or socks to form a ligature, which she left hanging around her neck. Read the rest of this entry
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.