In the Media

Styal to become Europe's largest prison for women

PUBLISHED July 1, 2004

Styal prison, recently the subject of a damning inspector's report, is to almost double its population, making it the largest prison for females in Europe.

The Guardian has learned that the Cheshire prison, where six women died, apparently by self-inflicted means, in 2003, has been given the go-ahead to increase its capacity from the current figure of just over 400 to 770.