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 →

My thoughts… Mental Health…

Does prison fail inmates with mental illness?   Mentally ill inmates now comprise a substantial portion of the prison population and pose administrative and therapeutic challenges to prison administrators and mental health professionals. Depending on what reports you read, anything up to 90% of prisoners are said to have mental health problems of some description.... Continue Reading →


The sad thing about living a chaotic, drug-fueled anti-social life-style is that you will never have a fullfilled, mature, settled, loving relationship. Once again I was released from prison and I went to the only place I knew... Back to the streets and chaos that I knew... I was 48 years old and all the... Continue Reading →


This website is designed to provide an overall feel of prison for those who have never been before. It is also designed to prevent the aspects that provoke most frustration, despair and loss of your mental balance in the first few days and weeks. Whilst it may seem like there is a lot here and... Continue Reading →


A rapid evidence assessment HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has just (6 September 2018) published a rapid evidence assessment by Professor James McGuire into our understanding of prison violence. The REA set out to answer five questions: Who (which prisoners) are the most likely to commit incidents of violent disorder within establishments? When are... Continue Reading →


A mass walkout by prison officers in protest at conditions in jails in England and Wales could lead to an increase in violence rather than help address the crisis, the justice secretary, David Gauke, has said. His comments came as the walkout, which began at 7am on Friday, was called off by the Prison Officers... Continue Reading →


HMP Pentonville is a huge category-B prison situated in the heart of Islington – the north London borough that mixes champagne socialists with tracksuit-clad boys who can wheelie all the way from Holloway to Kings Cross on stolen Boris bikes. During my years inside, I spent time in some of Britain’s most notorious nicks. They... Continue Reading →

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