LETTER: Tumim's courage

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From Mrs Beatrice M. Burgess

Sir: Following your article "Tumim saves his parting shot for Howard" (2 November) I would like to acknowledge the vision, wisdom, courage and determination of Judge Stephen Tumim in bringing to public attention the conditions into which our society allowed babies and toddlers to live in prison with their mothers. Subsequently, the conditions have improved in the mother and baby units in England.

Regrettably, recent policy decisions have led to such inhuman practices as the handcuffing of pregnant prisoners in hospitals outside prison.

One hopes Judge Tumim's prophecy of the pendulum swinging back soon becomes true.

Yours faithfully,

Beatrice M. Burgess

Chairperson, Babies In Prison

Maidstone, Kent