chapter  4
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The struggle to work with locked-up pain

Some of the women I have seen in the past for psychothera­ peutic treatment were located in a very small unit, now closed, that was kept totally separate from the rest of the prison. The women who were there had been convicted of or were on trial for crimes against children. It was felt that they were at risk of being physically attacked by other women and that for their own protection they should be separate from the rest of the prison population. Women who commit these sorts of crimes are now located either in the Ordinary Unit or in the Health Care Centre. There is an understanding that the women them­ selves would not disclose the nature of their crime to other prisoners and that the staff would be extra vigilant at times when information about their crimes.came to the public do­ main-for instance, through the press coverage at the time of their trial.