by Charles Salvador
Charles Arthur Salvador, better known as Charles Bronson, is a British criminal who has been referred to in the British press as the “most violent prisoner in Britain” and “Britain’s most notorious prisoner”.
First arrested in 1974, he was convicted and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for armed robbery. Additional time was added due to attacks on prisoners and guards.
He is known as a violent inmate, and has taken numerous hostages in the course of confrontations with guards, resulting in his sentence later being changed to life imprisonment. He has been held at times in each of Britain’s three prison psychiatric hospitals.
Due to his record of violent anger and mental illness in prison, Bronson is one of the highest-profile criminals in Britain. He has been featured in books, interviews, and studies in prison reform and treatment.
“I’m a nice guy, but sometimes I lose all my senses and become nasty. That doesn’t make me evil, just confused.”
Ok, Ok, I get it – you really don’t care what I have to say. If you want to know more about him ask the Googles.
So here it is, from the man himself.
Oh, wait. I’m sorry but James English hasn’t interviewed him …. yet!
Keef and David really hope you have enjoyed reading our guest blogs; the funny, the sentimental, the outrageous, the poignant and the OMFG! You did what??
We’ve learnt that care and compassion from staff go a long, long way, no matter how insignificant the gesture may seem. This will work every day, it’s not just for Christmas.
More of that, please.
There is a huge sense of community in our prisons, whether it’s making sure next door is ok, supporting others missing their loved ones or playing pass the parcel. There’s a lot they could teach society.
Keep doing that, please.
We’ve also learnt that even the most hardened, violent criminal can leave prison with his head held high and choose to live a crime-free life; helping others to do the same. Is Grendon the answer? Shouldn’t a therapeutic community be the very essence of a prison?
It’s no coincidence that each one of our Faces, Crooks and Robbers discovered the joy of reading while behind the door. Now they’re all talented writers and bestselling authors.
Loads more of that, please.
When it comes to Christmas in Jail, when all’s said and done, the message is quite clear, no matter what side of the wall you’re on
Make the best of it
It’s another two left chicken legs up the judge’s arse.
(Not sure if I got that bit quite right)
We will wish you all a Merry Christmas when you’re home together with your loved ones. In the meantime, we wish you all Happy Boxing Day and hope there are not too many more with your loved ones in jail.
In the words of our final guest blogger:
Keef and David Breakspear x