Prison campaigner, 60, found dead by daughter’s graveside
all credits: The Guardian
published: 16th May 2008
One of Britain’s most vociferous prison campaigners was found dead by her daughter’s graveside early yesterday. Pauline Campbell, 60, a retired college lecturer from Malpas, Cheshire, was found in the town’s cemetery near Sarah Campbell’s grave at 7am. Police said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances.
Campbell became a vociferous campaigner for vulnerable women prisoners after Sarah died, aged 18, after taking an overdose of prescription drugs in Styal prison, Cheshire, in 2003. Sarah was among six women to die at the jail in 12-months.
An inquest concluded the prison had failed in its duty of care to Sarah, a heroin addict who had frequently harmed herself.
Sarah’s mother was passionate about her fight and held a total of 28 vigils outside prisons each time a woman died a self-inflicted death. She was arrested 15 times, but never convicted.
Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said Campbell had been the “single most effective and inspiring campaigner” for the cause in recent years, “a loving mother, a generous-hearted woman and a human being of indescribable bravery”.
We are deeply saddened by the death of Pauline, and had great admiration for her stance on prison authorities – she will be sadly missed. We’ve established a website in here memory >
Pauline had been a tireless campaigner against deaths of women in custody since the tragic death of her daughter Sarah in 2003.
She was awarded the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize in October 2005. The prize is awarded each year to a woman or group who has, through their actions, writing or campaigning; raised awareness of violence against women and children.
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