Sarah Reed, a young black woman with a history of mental illness, detained on remand in a single occupancy cell in the healthcare unit of Holloway Women’s Prison, was found dead on 11th January 2016. The prison has since been closed. Sarah’s illness was precipitated by the premature death of her six-month-old daughter in 2003, when she and her partner were dispatched from a children’s hospice with their deceased baby wrapped in a quilt to find an undertaker.
This work was funded by the Open Society Foundations, under its Global Drug Policy Program (GDPP), which aims to shift the paradigm of drug policy from a punitive approach, to one that is rooted in public health and human rights. GDPP strives to broaden, diversify and consolidate the network of like-minded organisations that are actively challenging the current state of international drug policy.