Jailed women refuse to take video calls as their hair is 'scruffy'

Jailed women refuse to take part in video calls as their hair is ‘too scruffyafter closure of prison’s salon

  • Prisoners at HMP Bronzefield complained to staff after salon shut during Covid
  • Many refused to take part in video calls as they were unhappy with their looks
  • The salon has only reopened briefly, allowing a handful of 550 inmates to attend
  • Inmates at a women’s prison refused to take part in video calls because their hair was unkempt after the closure of the jail’s hair and beauty salon.

    Prisoners at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey, the largest women’s prison in Europe, complained to staff after its salon shut down due to coronavirus restrizioni.

    Many refused to take part in video chats with friends and relatives – known as Purple Visits and introduced when traditional visits were halted by the pandemic – because they were unhappy with their appearance.

    Prisoners at HMP Bronzefield (nella foto) in Surrey, the largest women's prison in Europe, complained to staff after its salon shut down due to coronavirus restrictions

    Prisoners at HMP Bronzefield (nella foto) in Surrey, the largest women’s prison in Europe, complained to staff after its salon shut down due to coronavirus restrictions

    According to a report into the prison by inspectors from the Independent Monitoring Board, the salon has since only reopened briefly, allowing a handful of its 550 inmates to get appointments.

    The inspectors said that reopening did ‘much to improve self-esteem’.

    Inmates include Shauna Hoare, the killer of 16-year-old Bristol student Becky Watts in 2015, and Roshonara Choudhry, who stabbed Labour MP Stephen Timms in 2010.

    Newer inmates include Insulate Britain protesters.

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