Protest against death of prisoner - Wakefield - 10 May 06

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Protest against death of prisoner - Wakefield - 10 May 06

From libcom.org email account:

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DEMONSTRATION

TO PROTEST AGAINST THE DEATH OF A WOMAN PRISONER

Kelly Louise Hutchinson, aged 22

died on 1 May 2006, while in the 'care' of New Hall Prison, Nr Wakefield

Demonstration will take place on Wednesday 10 May 2006

at 1.00 pm, for the duration of the afternoon, outside;

HMP & YOI New Hall, Dial Wood, Flockton, Nr Wakefield,

West Yorks, WF4 4AX

Banners will be displayed, and flowers laid in memory of Kelly

Reporters/photographers are welcome to attend

NOTES

Kelly Louise Hutchinson is the first woman's death in prison this year

(England and Wales).

Her death is the eleventh death at New Hall Prison since 2002.

The demonstration will be led by Pauline Campbell, mother of Sarah

Elizabeth

Campbell, 18, who died in the so-called care of HMP & YOI Styal,

Cheshire,

in January 2003.

See today's Guardian, 03.05.06 (Society Guardian, page 5): "Reasonable

redress" re women prisoners ... refers to Sarah and Pauline Campbell;

url:

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homea...765884,00.html

Figures refer to apparently self-inflicted deaths, England and Wales.

FURTHER INFORMATION

(1) The protest will be the 17th prison death demonstration since

protests

began in April 2004.

(2) Press release re Ms Hutchinson's death (refers to other deaths at

HMP

New Hall) can be obtained from: INQUEST, 89-93 Fonthill Road, London, N4

3JH; e-mail: inquest@inquest.org.uk; website: www.inquest.org.uk; tel

020

7263 1111. INQUEST (registered charity) is the only non-governmental

organisation that works directly with bereaved people following a death

in

custody.

(3) Previous demonstrations, New Hall Prison (Pauline Campbell was

arrested on each occasion):

04.05.04 following the death of Louise Davis, who died on 18 April 2004;

12.08.04 following the death of Marie Lucy Walsh, who died on 29 July

2004;

21.10.04 following the death of Mandy Pearson, who died on 12 October

2004;

10.02.05 following the death of Victoria Robinson, who died on 2

February

2005.

(4) BBC Wales television documentary, broadcast 08.03.05: Week In, Week

Out - "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" - included footage of HMP New Hall

demonstration held on 10 February 2005, including the arrest.

(5) "Death at the Hands of the State", by Professor David Wilson; book

published by The Howard League for Penal Reform, 2005; ISBN 0 9036

8378-4;

website: www.howardleague.org (Chapter 2 refers to prison death

demonstrations/Pauline Campbell's arrests; see page 48: Wakefield Police

Station; page 49: HMP New Hall).

(6) The 2005 Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize: awarded to Pauline Campbell

on

20.10.05. Further info can be obtained from Julie Bindel, one of the

trustees of the prize: juliebindel@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 020 8341

0739;

website: www.emmahumphreys.org

Comment:

"Since my daughter's death in 2003, thirty women have died in the 'care'

of

prisons in England (apparently self-inflicted deaths). Despite my eleven

arrests* since April 2004, I remain undeterred, and prison death

demonstrations will continue as and when necessary.

"At the Fawcett Society's press conference in London on 30.03.06 (launch

of

the 3rd report of the Fawcett Commission on Women and the Criminal

Justice

System), Home Secretary Charles Clarke agreed, in answer to my question,

that prison doesn't work, and that women convicted of non-violent

offences

should be given community sentences, rather than imprisonment. Fawcett

Society website: www.fawcettsociety.org.uk

"Courts must stop sending women to their deaths. The 22-year-old woman

who

died on 1 May 2006, had been convicted of a non-violent offence. Why

wasn't

she given a community sentence?"

* 11 arrests: 10 arrests outside women's prisons; + one arrest at Mold

Crown Court on 28.04.06 [alleged breach of the peace] following the

court's

decision to jail a vulnerable young woman awaiting sentencing for a

non-violent offence.

Pauline Campbell

Bereaved mother of Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, 18, who died in the 'care'

of

HMP & YOI Styal, Cheshire, 18.01.03.

Tel 01948 820745 (ex-directory; answerphone screens all incoming calls)

Mobile 07762 245952

[NB The cause of my daughter's death was prescription anti-depressant

drug

poisoning. At the inquest in 2005, the jury did not return a "suicide"

verdict.]