Holloway psychiatric wing

Holloway prisoners harm themselves in psychiatric wing

The Observer, September 16 1984

There is growing concern over conditions in Holloway Prison's psychiatric wing —known to inmates as The Muppet House — where there has been an outbreak of self-mutilation among the women prisoners.
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More mentally ill women harm themselves in Holloway

The Observer, November 25 1984

Another outbreak of self-mutilation by women prisoners in the psychiatric wing of Holloway jail has been confirmed by the Prison Department.
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Prison Department to close Holloway psychiatric wing - and then what?

The Observer, December 16 1984

The Prison Department is to close down the psychiatric wing of Holloway Prison which has been the focus of public and parliamentary criticism over self-mutilation among women prisoners.
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Bishop joins unique campaign to close Holloway wing

The Observer, March 31 1985

A bishop called on the Home Office yesterday to close down the psychiatric wing at Holloway women's prison, describing it as 'a nightmarish place' where inmates were 'hounded into the final corner.'

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Inquiry fails to deal with Holloway scandal

The Observer, July 21 1985

The findings of the inquiry into Holloway prison are a damning testament to the log jam of conflicting pressures and policies which now beset the prison service.

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Holloway - the scandal gets worse

The Observer, October 11 1985

Disturbing evidence is emerging of the plight of mentally ill women in Holloway Prison as the Home Office comes under increasing pressure to make radical changes at the north London jail.
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The lonely death of a woman with problems

The Observer, December 22 1985

Ann Margaret Franklyn, aged 44, died - friendless and locked away - by her own hand in the psychiatric wing of Holloway prison last week.

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Holloway hunger-striker is taken to hospital

The Observer, January 26 1986

'Stephen' Wright, a woman prisoner on the controversial psychiatric wing of Holloway Prison, was rushed to hospital last week after a five-day hunger and thirst strike. She was later persuaded by her mother to eat and drink. Following disclosures in The Observer, a Home Office inquiry recommended last July that the wing should be replaced as soon as possible, but Home Office Minister Lord...

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Inside the Muppet House - women tortured by system failure

The Observer, March 23 1986

The day begins at eight. Down the long corridors, women with keys bang on blank wooden doors. Through eye-level slits, they inspect the waking women inside: some stay curled tight in their corners; others start to moan or howl. A rhythmic thumping begins - the sound of a woman punching her forehead against the wall. Welcome to the Muppet House.
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Inquest due on Holloway death

The Observer, March 23 1986

The death of Ann Margaret Franklyn, found hanged by her cardigan sleeve in her cell in the psychiatric wing of Holloway prison last December, will be the subject of an inquest this week. A transexual who had adopted the name Mark Sancto, she had been remanded in custody after lighting a fire in her garage and damaging a police car called to the scene. She had a history of mental illness. The...

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