The Case of Prisoner Alpha

Holly Dunbar

Presentation at Inside Reform, Policy Event, National Gallery of Ireland, 2 June 2017 

In this presentation project team member, Dr Holly Dunbar (UCD), discussed the case of Prisoner ‘Alpha’, a 24 year-old male prisoner suffering from epilepsy who was committed to Wandsworth Prison in 1943. Prisoner Alpha’s case was subsequently taken up by the Prison Medical Reform Council. Holly used this case to argue that prisoner’s voices can be powerful tools for communicating messages of reform and to highlight the fact that prison reform organisations also have a role in battling the intersection between stigma and the health conditions that some ex-offenders suffer from.

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