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Dying in chains: why do we treat sick prisoners like this?

PUBLISHED November 9, 2013

When Michael Tyrrell's oldest daughter Ash visited her dying father in hospital and saw him handcuffed and chained to a prison guard, she was so shocked that she took photographs. Tyrrell, who was almost halfway through a 29-year sentence for drug smuggling, had throat cancer and pneumonia. He had lost five stone in weight and barely had the strength to move. He had not been a troublesome prisoner: after 13 years of good behaviour, he was due to be released in 2015. The handcuffs were taken off a few hours before he died the following day.

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