‘A Ripping Good Read’ – Jeremy Corbyn MP

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, is MP for Islington North – the borough which is home Holloway Prison

‘Caitlin Davies writes with warmth, empathy and humour about the women – some brave and rebellious – who spent time in Holloway Prison. Assiduously researched, “Bad Girls” documents interweaving struggles against prejudice, injustice, ignorance and poverty. It is a call for a more enlightened justice system that provides respect and rehabilitation, the stirrings of which were evident on my visits, as the local Member of Parliament, to the prison before its closure in 2016. The stark mismatch between prison regimes and everyday life in the streets outside points to the potential benefit of increased contact between prisons and local communities. I want to thank Caitlin Davies for ensuring the real history of Holloway is written in this insightful and thought-provoking book – which makes for a ripping good read.’