Women in prison

Myra Hindley gets a degree from her prison cell

The Guardian, January 11 1980

Myra Hindley has passed her final examinations and has been awarded an Open University degree in Humanities, the culmination of six years of study in Holloway and Durham prisons.
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More women join hunger strike in Durham Prison

The Guardian, February 22 1984

Eighteen women prisoners have joined a hunger strike at the maximum security unit at Durham Prison. The woman who began the strike, Lorraine Greenwood, aged 22, has been refusing food for the past 20 days.

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Five women prisoners on hunger strike at Durham Prison

The Guardian, February 27 1984

Five women in the maximum security wing at Durham Prison were still on hunger strike yesterday in a protest against the unusually austere conditions. The strike started with one inmate 25 days ago.

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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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Young women prisoners assaulted in 'kangaroo courts'

The Observer, February 10 1985

Young women prisoners have been beaten up and sexually abused by other inmates in a series of 'kangaroo courts' in Styal women's prison in Cheshire.
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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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Liberal governor is forced out of Styal by prison officers

The Observer, February 23 1986

One of the country's most liberal prison governors, James Anderson, has been ousted from his post at Styal women's prison, Cheshire, after a sustained campaign by the Prison Officers Association.

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New evidence of plots to oust liberal prison governor

The Observer, March 2 1986

The row over the removal of the governor of Styal Prison took a new turn last week, with allegations of political intrigue at the Prison Department and of an extraordinary plot by women prison officers.

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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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