Trial concluding or simply sentencing day is in the post? Courtroom2Prison…

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 →

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A FEW IDEAS TO A BETTER PRISON SYSTEM…OH!!! THEY DIDN’T WORK!

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 →

CANTEEN: NOT SLAVE LABOUR

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 →

PHONECALLS…BEFORE IN-CELL.

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 →

WHY PEPPER-SPRAY?

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 →

Approved Premises

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 →

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