Two more women die in custody

    Campaigners have called for urgent action after two young women
    died in custody last week.

    Marie Walsh, 29, was found dead in her cell at New Hall prison in
    West Yorkshire, the day after Rebecca Turner, 22, took her own life
    at Low Newton, the prison and young offender institution in
    Durham.

    Deborah Coles, co-director of campaign group Inquest, slammed the
    news as “utterly shocking”.

    She said: “These deaths are an indictment of a criminal justice
    system that uses prison as a dumping ground for some of the most
    vulnerable people in society and raises serious concerns about the
    systemic failings of the Prison Service and its ability to keep
    women in its custody safe.”

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