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This campaign action forms part of the 2020 Ambition - a campaign to reduce the women's prison population from the national charity Women in Prison.

Mental ill-health & prison (Inquest)

On 1st February 2018 the inquest concluded into the self-inflicted death of 21-year-old Emily Hartley in prison. She was the youngest of 22 women to die in a women’s prison in 2016, the highest annual number of deaths on record.

The evidence at the inquest raised serious issues about the decision to place Emily in prison. Emily had been remanded in custody in May 2015 after she set fire to herself, her bed and curtains. She had a history of serious mental ill health including self-harm, suicide attempts and drug addiction. This was her first time in prison.

Every MP must know about what happened to Emily. Please contact your MP and ask that they influence the upcoming Women's Justice Strategy from the Ministry of Justice so that the appalling and tragic treatment of young women who are mentally ill and dying in our prison system stops.