In the Media

Our crumbling prison system is a disgrace to modern democracy

PUBLISHED February 11, 2015

Deep in the Staffordshire countryside stands the gatehouse to liberty. The open unit outside the perimeter fence of Drake Hall prison is home to women, many of them serious offenders, who are nearing the end of their sentences. There is no obvious security beyond surveillance cameras monitoring well-furnished rooms, equipped for the babies and children who can spend the night here with their mothers. Where other jails reek of neglect, this one smells of women’s perfume.

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