The Prison Reform Trust welcomes the publication of the ‘Developing plans for the Holloway Prison site: a discussion paper’ and the opportunity to contribute views at this stage prior to the publication of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) setting out planning guidance for the HMP Holloway site.
HMP Holloway was the first female-only prison in the country and the biggest women’s jail in Western Europe. It has housed many thousands of vulnerable and disadvantaged women in the course of its history, and although rebuilt since then it is well-known as the prison where suffragettes were incarcerated and force fed. Its role and reputation in the long struggle for women’s equality warrant more than a plaque. Its closure is a matter for celebration, but only if its legacy includes a modern and humane contribution to the continuing struggle to eliminate the disadvantage and discrimination that leads so many into crime and ultimately to prison.