3,Let me introduce myself. I am James Daniel McMullen. Age 54. Sadly for over 40 years, I have spent time in one form of institution or another. Serving various sentences in and around Britain's judicial system. These ranged from Detention Centre, 3 Months short sharp shock. Borstal Training, 6-2 years.Young Prisoner Sentences, (YPS) Numerous times.... Continue Reading →
For those unfortunate enough to be up for sentence then, this is a brief overview of what to roughly expect. After your trial or even if you have pleaded giulty and its sentencing day then this may apply to you. When you are sentenced you will be taken straight out of the back of the... Continue Reading →
CPS FIGHT AGAINST VOILENT PRISONERS... REMEMBER THE POSTERS WITHIN THE PRISON ESTATES...ONE PUNCH = FOUR YEARS... A significant step forward in the fight against violence in prisons has been taken today (27 February 2015), with the publication of a joint national protocol on crime committed in prison. The new joint protocol produced by the Prison... Continue Reading →
Self Harm in prisons is rife... Don't let these so-called 'DO-GOODERS', tell you any different. On every landing, in every prison that I have unfortunately had the privilege to live in. I have personally witnessed numerous men in some terrible states. Yes we have some fantastic staff in our prisons that really care. However, like... Continue Reading →
What (NOT) to Expect The most important thing to keep in mind is to expect that things will not go as planned. Before you go in, you might find many people will offer advice – and you should take as much as you can. But don’t bank on any of it being right. From the... Continue Reading →
People that are in prison are not the wealthiest in Britain. Sadly a large percentage of prisoners live below the poverty line. Hence, poor social skills and social-economic depravation coupled with the criminality. The reality is it is only a very small percentage of prisoners that actually gain from criminality. The majority live from hand... Continue Reading →
To many people making statements and spitting out mis-leading facts. Therefore, as an ex-long-term prisoner I thought I would give people the correct information about how our phone system works within our prison estates.
There is still 90% of prison estates that do not have in-cell phones yet. Therefore, I will give you a quick overview of how the phone system really works in our prisons.
The way you phone people from prison (right from the start – no exceptions, no “one phone call allowed”, nothing like that) is by going to one of the public phones in the corridor or wing, which are operated using a special PIN number. This system has several hurdles you will need to overcome.
On arriving you will be given a PIN which you need to enter before making any phone calls. From the start, this system immediately throws up three issues:
You have to be able to get to the phone, and therefore let out of your cell
You need to have money on this PIN
You have to be authorised to call the number you want…
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There is still 90% of prison estates that do not have in-cell phones yet. Therefore, I will give you a quick overview of how the phone system really works in our prisons. The way you phone people from prison (right from the start – no exceptions, no “one phone call allowed”, nothing like that) is... Continue Reading →
This is certainly not the answer... Last month, Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced that every officer in an adult male prison will be equipped with PAVA – a synthetic pepper spray which can be used to incapacitate violent prisoners. The £2 million investment followed what was described as “a successful pilot”. The government made no... Continue Reading →
Most released prisoners can expect to be accommodated in what used to be called ‘hostels’ and are now called Approved Premises, or APs. When I was released in 2013 after 12 years banged up I arrived at Bristol AP, Bridge House, in the grip of joy and resentment in about equal measure. The resentment was... Continue Reading →