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Shut Holloway

Britain’s prison system is failing its women inmates

By John Podmore   April 2012

Holloway Prison in 2008. Photo: Matt S/Flickr Creative Commons

The coalition government has made a plea for a revolution in the prison system—but so far not a shot has been fired. And yet radical leadership is required from the government. Let it start with the closure of Holloway Prison, the sale of the land and its investment in something better and more humane. For Holloway is just one of the many prisons in Britain that is catastrophically damaging its women inmates.

In December 1995, David Ramsbotham was appointed as Her Majesty’s chief inspector of prisons. His first inspection was of…

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