What do you mean institutionalised? Part Four

In previous blogs I have taken a very light-hearted look at David’s institutionalisation following his release from prison. However, there really isn’t a funny side to this blog. It has long been recognised and accepted that prisoners can become institutionalised. But a closer look at some prison staff confirms that violence, corruption and abuse is … Continue reading What do you mean institutionalised? Part Four

Keef Goes Undercover

When I wrote my first blog David had absolutely no idea. I don't want him to influence what I write and I want my blogs to be my genuine words, thoughts and opinions. Otherwise what's the point? I might as well just type up David's blogs and put my name to them. When he received … Continue reading Keef Goes Undercover

What do you mean institutionalised? Part 2

It can be difficult adapting to the prison environment, but it can be equally difficult readjusting to the home environment. A compelling description of institutionalisation comes from a report published in 1971:  Imprisonment . . . denies autonomy, degrades dignity, impairs or destroys self-reliance, inculcates authoritarian values, minimizes the likelihood of beneficial interaction with one’s … Continue reading What do you mean institutionalised? Part 2