Women's prison regime was “squalid and degrading”BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7036.929 (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:929
- Claudia Court
Standards of care at London's Holloway prison for women last year reached “unacceptably low levels,” according to a report from the board of visitors. The report cites areas of “filth and squalor,” endemic health problems, inadequate fire services, and a “degrading” lack of clothing for inmates, as just some of the problems.
Holloway is the largest prison for women in Britain, with a maximum operational capacity of 532 prisoners. Average occupancy in 1995 was 508 women, compared with 444 in 1993 and 493 in 1994. Many women admitted to Holloway have …