Video calls are not allowed for Jailed Women who have hair that is too scruffy after being released from prison.

  • HMP Bronzefield prisoners complained to the staff that their salon was closed during Covid.
  • Many people refused to participate in video calling because they weren’t happy with how their bodies looked
  • Only 550 of the 550 prisoners were able to visit the salon, which was only briefly reopened.

Prisoners A woman in a prison for women refused to participate in video calling because her hair had become unruly after being closed by the beauty salon and hairdresser.

HMP Bronzefield, the biggest women’s prison outside of Europe, was closed down by coronavirus restrictions.

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 (pictured) in Surrey, the largest women's prison in Europe, complained to staff after its salon shut down due to coronavirus restrictions

HMP Bronzefield in Surrey was the biggest women’s prison outside of Europe. The salon had been shut down because coronavirus restrictions.

A report by the Independent Monitoring Board on the prison found that only a small number of its 550 inmates were able to access the salon briefly.

According to the inspectors, reopening helped’much improve self-esteem.

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