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Chained to the prison gates

Chained To The Prison Gates, written by Laura Topham, reveals how the women’s demonstrations attracted national media attention but came at huge personal cost, leading to criminal proceedings, illness, misery and financial ruin.

  • ISBN: 978-1-905994-70-0

  • Published: 2013

  • Pages: 46

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


Chained to the prison gates

Two women who campaigned tirelessly for penal reform after enduring personal tragedy are the subject of this report.

The study offers a new perspective on protests by Pauline Campbell and Violet Van der Elst, two women divided by decades, who demonstrated outside prisons to raise awareness of injustice within the penal system.

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