Ken Clarke Should Keep Women Out Of Jail

Mary Riddell is a columnist and a political interviewer for the Daily Telegraph. She writes on topics ranging from family to foreign policy and is particularly interested in criminal justice. Her focus is what is going on, for better or for worse, in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Once, long ago, I visited Holloway women’s prison with the Home Secretary of the day. There we saw a wasteland of humanity whose imprint did not fade. I have not forgotten the slashed arms, the expressions of bewilderment and the mothers caring for infants from whom they would soon be parted, perhaps for good. There was nothing synthetic about the despair we witnessed.

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