In the Media

Prisons face tough criticism

PUBLISHED January 24, 2005

The Prison Service is bracing itself for serious criticism over its failure to protect vulnerable female inmates this week as it awaits the verdict of an inquest into the death of an 18-year-old woman with a history of self-harm and mental illness.

Sarah Campbell took an overdose of prescription pills in the segregation unit of Styal Prison, Cheshire, in January 2003. The inquest into her death at Warrington Town Hall has heard allegations that staff at the prison failed to register concerns about her mental health. There has also been criticism of the systematic use of the segregation unit for vulnerable prisoners.