Women in Prisons are often Women in Shadow

Sarah Reed was a tragic victim of how the prison system treats women

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Sarah Reed was a tragic victim of how the prison system treats women

A young woman with profound mental health problems should have been given help. Instead, she was let down by every authority she encountered

‘Sarah Reed’s story could well be that of so many women in prison today who have experienced bereavement and abuse.’
‘Sarah Reed’s story could well be that of so many women in prison today who have experienced bereavement and abuse.’ Photograph: Lee Jasper

An Inspector Calls describes how a young woman is let down by authority figures. The morality play lambasts powerful individuals for exploiting and abusing a woman who dies in abject misery. I was reminded of it this week on hearing about the death of Sarah Reed, who appears to have taken her own life while on remand at Holloway prison in north London following years…

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