Sarah Reed demise: Mentally in poor health 'shouldn’t be assessed in jail'

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Sarah Reed had a historical past of psychological well being issues following the demise of her daughter

The mom of a girl who killed herself whereas she was in jail has mentioned mentally in poor health individuals shouldn’t be assessed in jail.

Sarah Reed, 32, died in Holloway Jail, north London in February final yr.

She was ready to be assessed to see if she was mentally match to plead after being charged with assaulting a nurse in a safe psychiatric unit.

The federal government mentioned it took prisoners’ psychological well being “extraordinarily critically”.

Sarah’s mom Marilyn Reed mentioned if individuals had achieved their jobs correctly, she would nonetheless be alive.

The jury at Sarah Reed’s inquest not too long ago concluded a story verdict.

It discovered sequence of failures comparable to not treating her in a well timed method, mismanagement of her care and monitoring, plus an unacceptable variety of cancelled visits by workers all considerably contributed to her deterioration.

Ms Reed was ready in jail for 9 weeks for an evaluation.

‘No meals or water’

Her mom mentioned: “It must cease, it must be investigated. We have to have issues put in place that the psychological well being are handled in medical locations. There isn’t any excuse and I would like this to vary, that no different household is torn aside or devastated.”


Marilyn Reed desires all mentally in poor health individuals to be assessed in hospitals, not prisons

“In the event that they’d have mentioned a safe unit, hospital, no matter, I would have mentioned truthful sufficient. However jail? Keep in mind she hadn’t been discovered responsible of something, she’d been accused of a criminal offense, she hadn’t been sentenced, but she was positioned in Holloway,” she added.

She mentioned the inquest was painful for her and the household.

“The revelations comparable to her not being allowed to have baths or showers or having the ability to have meals or water as a result of they felt she was in such a psychotic state that she could not be approached.

We thought that if she’d been a canine or a cat, saved below these circumstances, somebody would have been charged for animal cruelty.”

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Holloway jail closed final Might after being described as “insufficient and antiquated”

She mentioned her daughter had a historical past of psychological well being issues, which stemmed from her not recovering from the demise of her child daughter in 2003.

Final yr 22 girls died in jail. Holloway, which was western Europe’s largest female-only jail, was closed final Might after it was branded insufficient by inspectors.

In an announcement, the federal government mentioned: “We take the psychological well being of prisoners extraordinarily critically and are growing the help out there to weak offenders.

“We’re placing extra funding into jail security and have launched a suicide and self-harm discount venture to handle the rise in self-inflicted deaths and self-harm in our prisons.”


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