Claire Cain finds that the closure of HMP Holloway caused significant distress for women, and how many are being imprisoned far from home, hindering visits from family and children.
After Holloway: Consultation with women affected by the criminal justice system has been published by Women in Prison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The report comprises of a consultation with 50 women affected by the criminal justice system, many of whom were imprisoned in HMP Holloway, and asks whether and how the closure has had an impact and ideas for what they would like to now see developed on the site.
We have today welcomed the intervention by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in the planned sale of the former Holloway prison site. News of his intervention came via the Mayor's twitter account this afternoon, after he posted a letter he sent to the Justice Secretary, David Lidington.
We have written to London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, urging him to consider purchasing the Holloway prison site in Islington N7.
The ten acre site is currently being marketed for sale by GVA Bilfinger on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and the deadline for bids is 15 November.
The letter, signed by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Islington Hands Off Our Public Services, Islington Axe the Housing Act, Islington Trades Union Council, St George & All Saints Church, Reclaim Holloway, Women in Prison, and Unite Union Housing Workers Branch, says:
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Community Plan for Holloway open day at St George’s Church, Crayford Road on Saturday 30 September.
More than 150 people stopped by to discuss the future of the Holloway prison site and share ideas for how the land should be developed.
Local MP, Jeremy Corbyn, joined us for a couple of hours and spoke of the huge potential to create affordable housing at the Holloway site.
A letter by our Deputy Director, Will McMahon, in this week's Islington Gazette (page 11) encourages residents to contribute their views about how they'd like to see the former Holloway Prison site redeveloped.
The Ministry of Justice is planning to put the former Holloway prison site up for sale this autumn. The news came in a letter from the Justice Secretary, David Lidington, to our Director, Richard Garside.
In the letter, Mr Lidington wrote that 'we will be seeking expressions of interest for the site from interested parties ahead of formal marketing which we expect to take place in the autumn'. Mr Lidington also indicated that 'redevelopment for a residential-led scheme is the most likely option'.
We have written to the recently appointed Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, David Lidington, urging him to listen to the people of Islington and consider their views and needs in any future decisions about the former Holloway prison site.
The letter is signed by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Women in Prison, Islington Kill the Housing Act, Islington Trades Union Council, St George & All Saints Tufnell Park Church, Islington Hands off Our Public Services, and Reclaim Holloway.
TV News channel, London Live, recently covered our Community Plan for Holloway initiative, with interviews from Will McMahon, Chris Hignett and Becka Hudson.
The closure of Holloway prison offers a once in a generation opportunity to create much needed facilities, homes and services for the people of Islington. We are working with local people and community groups to put forward a positive vision for the site.
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