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 →

Muslim Gang/Crew?

This is a guest post by Mia Harris, Research Officer at the Prison Reform Trust. You can follow Mia on Twitter @mia_harris. Muslims are significantly over-represented in prison Last month the Ministry of Justice published a report on ‘the nature of Muslim groups and related gang activity in three high security prisons’. Some media coverage presents Muslim gangs... Continue Reading →

CHAPS AND GANGSTERS?

THIS IS WHAT I WROTE LAST YEAR. HOWEVER, IT SEEMS TO BE TODAYS TOPIC ON A FEW MEDIA SITES… 😉

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FEAR,FEAR&FEAR=VIOLENCE

As each door unlocks and more prisoners spill out on to the landings, it goes from a quiet hum and the odd sound of jangling keys to a noisey chaotic atmosphere. Prisoners talking about last nights TV, along with yawns, grunts, farts, coughs and then, trading begins. A roll-up for a teabag, a milk sachet for a rizla and some good old fashion aggressive begging. ‘Gis a snout”, ”Got any coffee. ”Take his fucking lighter wick!, Don’t forget to sort that bag out for me. (Heroin). ”Get that Katey Price (spice)off him!!!. This unruly, chaotic period, is all mixed up with deviant, twisted, violent thoughts, threats, and feelings. Sadly, all this is coupled with the countries most socially inept individuals. Amongst this mayhem, there will be some prisoners huddled together all getting involved in the ”Chinese Wispers” & ”Prison Politics”, these are the cowards who cannot deal with violence…

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