“HMP Holloway was the largest women’s prison in Europe, historically holding numerous infamous female criminals and eliciting intrigue and fascination from the public. The End of the Sentence: Psychotherapy with Female Offenders documents the rich and varied psychotherapeutic work undertaken by dedicated specialists in this intense and often difficult environment, where attempts to provide psychological security were often undermined by conflicting ideas of physical security”.
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“Mothers Accused and Abused: Addressing Complex Psychological Needs brings together stories about mothers who are accused of harming, and in some cases killing, their children, children who subsequently harm or kill others and the challenges to professionals who work with them”.
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“Almost half England’s jails fail to provide adequate medical care to prisoners, says leaked briefing by Care Quality Commission”
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It is worth remembering that the announcement of HMP Holloway was made by George Osborne on 26th November 2015. The inmates were gradually “decanted” (the prison service’s term) from that date.
It is easy to lose track of time and contact with experiences. This is why my colleague, Jessica Collier, and I have edited a book about the 20 years of therapy in Holloway entitled “The Last Sentence” which is due for publication next Spring by Routledge. We and the contributors are determined to honour and document the brilliant work achieved over many years by many therapists on behalf of hundreds of incarcerated women.
‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’ undertakes research into topics that resonate with current concerns in the prison service, including the very high incidence of mental health problems among prisoners, the health of women and maternity services in prison, and responses to addiction and HIV/AIDS.
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Prisons are often overlooked: we seldom hold them in mind, and take for granted that we’ve always needed them. But what if this isn’t true?
New Unity have organised a talk led by Mo Mansfield and Mandy Ogunmokun on Tuesday 19th June.
See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voices-of-dissent-visioning-a-world-without-prisons-tickets-46033312878 for further details and to book your tickets.
In the summer of 2016 the UK’s most famous prison for women, HMP Holloway, closed its doors. Yet renowned as Holloway was, no one had ever written its full story.
Now Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades, by Caitlin Davies, traces the prison’s 164-year history through the stories of the women and officers inside.
The book reveals how women have been treated in our justice system over more than a century, what crimes – real or imagined – they committed, who found them guilty and why. It is a story of victimization and resistance; of oppression and bravery.
Bad Girls is published by John Murray on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2018
For further information and links on where to buy the book: http://www.caitlindavies.co.uk/bad/
The 38th Forensic Arts Therapies Advisory Group (FATAG) Conference will take place in London on Friday 12th January 2018. See http://www.fatag.org.uk/home for more details.
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