About: Claire Taylor is an IPP prisoner. Her tariff to serve before her first parole was 4 years. She is now into her 9th year inside. Claire got sent down for aggravated burglary, a day she deeply regrets. Driven by an intense drug addiction, which followed years of child abuse and body and gender dysmorphia, Claire has now served over double her tariff.
The long-term imprisonment with no end-date has slowly destroyed Claire’s mental health. She has attempted suicide multiple times, including slitting her own throat. The only support that she had from her family, was from her biological grandparents, who have both died on this sentence. The grief and lack of support have affected Claire deeply, as she struggles to stay alive.
During her sentence, she has had inconsistent communication from her Probation Officers and the Parole Board. She was told she needed a year of one-to-one psychotherapy before release. After being on a waiting list for more than 18 months, she finally began therapy in HMP Holloway. Soon after the Government announced its closure and once again, she was moved to another prison and was back on the waiting list. She has now been having therapy in HMP Send and outside probation indicated they would recommend her for release in 12 months following her next parole board hearing.
Claire was then subjected to a psychiatric assessment that intensively interrogated her and made her disclose in detail her history of abuse and neglect. It was then recommended, instead of freedom where she could finally grieve and heal from the state violence she has experienced, that she has to complete even more courses that have been added to her sentence plan. If she does them, this would mean at least another four years in prison.
The prison service fails to recognise that these IPP sentences are what are driving people to self-harm, suicide and ultimately, to ‘madness’
What You Can Do
Claire desperately needs support to simply stay alive and not persistently try to take her own life. She needs connection, friendship, and solidarity.
Please write to Claire:
Claire Taylor A7974AX
HMP Send, Ripley Rd, Ripley, Woking GU23 7LJ
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Claire loves animals. She used to rescue dogs on the out, and especially loves staffies. She loves the ocean and grew up by the sea. She also loves tattoos and piercings. Claire is gay and welcomes any queer penpals too! Please take 5 minutes of your time to write her a card to tell her she is not alone. You have no idea what this will mean to her.
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