INQUEST were horrified to hear the news of the death of a new born baby in Bronzefield prison. This illustrates the utter inhumanity of a prison system where a woman can give birth alone in a cell and the baby dies. 

Our Director Deborah Coles spoke to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour about the importance of robust scrutiny on how the death was allowed to happen.

The investigation must identify clear actions to safeguard the lives of mothers and babies who should not be in prison at all.

You can listen to the episode in full on BBC Sounds.

Further coverage:

  • Baby dies in UK prison after inmate 'gives birth alone in cell', Guardian
  • Multiple inquiries ordered into death of baby in UK prison, Guardian
  • HMP Bronzefield baby death 'subject of 10 investigations', BBC News

*Image credit: Charlotte Nokes 'Perception'