From the Archives: Birmingham Quakers and prison reform

A new post from the Birmingham and Warwickshire Quakers archive project at the Library of Birmingham

“Quakers have a long history of campaigning for prison reform, with perhaps one of the most well-known 19th century reformers being Elizabeth Fry who fought for better treatment of prisoners. Many of her reforms were integrated into our prison system and in the 20th century, Quakers continued to campaign for improved conditions for prisoners and better support for their families and for ex-prisoners. In Birmingham, this centred around work undertaken by Quakers from the Central England Area Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (CEAM) for prisoners at HMP Winson Green and their families.”

Eleanor Woodward, Project Archivist (Birmingham and Warwickshire Quakers)

Read the full post on The Iron Room blog.

Today, the CEQ Community Justice Group gives support to those working in this field as well as keeping local Quakers informed about current issues of concern by hosting conferences, open meetings and writing reports.