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DORIS FACES DOCK.

PRISONS minister Ann Widdecombe could be in the dock over the "women in chains" scandal.

Reformers plan to take Widdecombe, known as Doris Karloff, and Home Secretary Michael Howard to court to challenge the "barbaric" policy of shackling prisoners in hospital.

Stephen Shaw, director of the Prison Reform Trust said last night: "It would be nice to see Michael Howard and Ann Widdecombe in the dock ... to see how they'd justify this medieval policy."

The Mirror yesterday revealed cancer patients were shackled after we exposed how pregnant inmates were chained up.

A midwives' spokesman said: "We regard this policy as barbaric and totally indefensible."
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Author:Craven, Nick
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 13, 1996
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