Sylvia described her imprisonment as harsh. She had to take a bath in indescribably dirty water that was clouded with the scum of previous occupants before putting on prison clothes. In the cell there was a plank bed with a mattress that Sylvia said was 'as hard as and comfortless as stone'. The food was mainly bread, suet and gruel. Later, Sylvia went to prison many more times, for as little as breaking a window. When she went on hunger strikes she was fed by force.