UPDATE (3rd April 2022) Taz greatly appreciates all the support she has received and continues to receive. She has now been approved for ROTLs (Release on Temporary Licence) and has been on two outings accompanied by Officers successfully. She is very hopeful that this time round, she will get her Parole and have the support she needs to thrive in the community with her family and friends, although she remains dedicated to continuing to support the friends and family she has made whilst inside.
BACKGROUND: Neurika “Taz” Baguley was given an indefinite sentence (DPP = detention for public protection) when she was fifteen years old. She’s now 28 years old and still inside, waiting for a parole board hearing that is yet to be scheduled. Like 3000 others on indefinite sentences, Taz has served many years over her original tariff. Because of the criminal “justice” system, she has spent her formative years in prison.
Taz wants to crowdsource a sustainable income of £120 a month to make her life more bearable inside. Prisons are designed to make people feel more isolated and alone. Supporting Taz will enable her to stay a little more connected to the world outside.
Now, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, solidarity is needed more than ever. With more cases in the prison, Taz is locked in her cell for 23.5 hours a day.
Taz needs money for:
1) food and toiletries that are ever more expensive under Covid, whilst the wages she gets for the work she does in the laundry are incredibly low (£12 per week).
2) Phone credit to speak to her lawyer and elderly nan. Speaking on the phone is the only contact they have due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
3) Supplies to care for her budgie, Rio (on her shoulder in this picture) who she loves!