Protesters collect at HMP Bronzefield to name for finish to pregnant girls in jail

Protesters collect at HMP Bronzefield to name for finish to pregnant girls in jail


rotesters have gathered outdoors HMP Bronzefield in Surrey to name for an finish to the imprisonment of pregnant girls and new moms.

Activists, former inmates and moms with their youngsters held an illustration outdoors the jail on Saturday afternoon – the third anniversary of a brand new born child’s loss of life at HMP Bronzefield in 2019.

It comes as the newest in a sequence of public protests over moms in jail, organised by marketing campaign teams No Births Behind Bars and Degree Up.

The demonstration on Saturday was arrange like a toddler’s celebration – with picnic rugs, a musician taking part in the guitar, youngsters dancing and other people singing nursery rhymes.

What we’re calling for are alternate options in the neighborhood that help girls.

The group additionally erected banners and held indicators saying: “No births behind bars” and “pregnant girls don’t belong in jail”.

Janey Starling, co-director of Degree Up, mentioned the demonstration was “joyful” and “every part girls in jail ought to be experiencing”.

Ms Starling mentioned that regardless of the loss of life of two infants in jail within the final three years, “little or no has modified”.

“We’re right here right now to demand the top of imprisonment of pregnant girls,” she mentioned.

“What we’re calling for are alternate options in the neighborhood that help girls.”

Anna Harley, 36, who gave start whereas she was remanded in custody forward of her sentencing, joined the protest.

Ms Harley mentioned she was granted bail for 3 months after the start of her son.

However when she was finally sentenced to a jail time period, it took six weeks of coping with paperwork to safe a spot on a mom and child unit so she could possibly be reunited along with her youngster, she mentioned.

The 36-year-old mentioned the expertise is “nonetheless affecting me”, including: “I’ve been residence 5 years however nonetheless to this present day, it was the worst time of my life.”

On securing a spot within the mom and child unit, she mentioned: “It was a really aggravating time but it surely ought to be one of the crucial particular occasions in an individual’s life and for me personally, I felt it took that every one away from me.”

Ms Harley additionally described going into labour at 5.30am, however the jail didn’t get her into an ambulance for an additional 5 hours.

She additionally mentioned she was handcuffed to an officer and gave start subsequent to 2 jail officers.

However she mentioned she was “extremely fortunate” to have reached hospital in time.

On the moms who did give start in jail, she mentioned: “My coronary heart breaks for them. It’s simply really easy to see the way it occurred and that’s the reason it must cease as a result of it can occur once more.”

Ms Harley mentioned: “I carry a responsible with me and I feel I’ll carry it with me for the remainder of my life.

“A trauma will reside with me for ever for having gone by means of that and having my youngster in these circumstances.”

Mel Evans, 39, from Manchester, who arrange the marketing campaign group No Births Behind Bars alongside along with her buddy Emma Hughes, additionally joined the protest on Saturday.

She mentioned each her and Emma have been informed they confronted jailtime after being charged over a protest a couple of years in the past. Emma was pregnant on the time.

The pair have been finally sentenced to a group order however the expertise prompted them to arrange the marketing campaign group, she mentioned.

On the latest deaths of infants in jail, Ms Evans mentioned: “I simply assume that’s unconscionable.

“I can’t bear to reside in a society the place that’s allowed to occur.”

“It’s simply barbaric,” she added, saying that situations pregnant girls face in jail are “horrific”.

“No pregnant lady ought to be held in jail, no child ought to be born in jail and new moms ought to be capable to share the beginning of their child’s life in the neighborhood.”

PA has contacted the Ministry of Justice for remark.

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