originally published: May 2008
Pauline Campbell was found dead on 15th May 2008, lying on the grave of her daughter Sarah. Sarah died in January 2003 in HMP Styal.
INQUEST’s staff were very sad to receive news of the death of Pauline Campbell. We advised and supported Pauline after her 18 year old daughter Sarah died in Styal prison in January 2003 and through the long and difficult investigation and inquest process.
Her grief and anger at the horrendous circumstances in which her daughter died and the insensitive way she, as a bereaved parent, was treated after the death motivated her tireless campaigning to expose the continuing death toll in women’s prisons.
She became a fearless, formidable and passionate campaigner and a persistent thorn in the side of the state. Pauline spoke for the first time in public on the issue at INQUEST’s Annual General Meeting in March 2003. She also spoke eloquently at the parliamentary launch of INQUEST’s report Dying on the Inside, a book to which she contributed her experiences following Sarah’s death.
The 4WardEver Campaign UK in collaboration with Migrant Media (Makers of the film INJUSTICE) have set up a memorial site in remembrance of Pauline Campbell, a tireless campaigner against deaths of women in custody since the tragic death of her daughter Sarah in 2003.
A tribute to Pauline Campbell
The F Word
16th May 2008
Sixty second interview with Pauline Campbell
Community Care UK
26th January 2005