‘A few short sentences on a small postcard made all the difference.’

Writes and wrongs: Martyn Ripley of Prisoners’ Penfriends

‘Letter writers can provide valuable contact.’ | Photo: Álvaro Serrano / Unsplash.

Prison reform has been a key concern of Quakerism since the 1600s, when George Fox and other early Friends experienced imprisonment and its associated hardships. In 1813 Elizabeth Fry visited Newgate Prison and observed the harsh conditions there. Her tireless lobbying eventually led to reform in 1823.

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