Now that’s what I call a reformed man

Since joining his ‘journey of a reformed man’, David has given me countless reasons to be proud of him.  Yesterday he made me proud, because he did absolutely nothing. He just walked away and came home. I won’t sugar coat it. David was a nasty, violent career criminal. In and out of prison for four … Continue reading Now that’s what I call a reformed man

How to love a prisoner. Part 2

Lockdown conditions for our prisoners are barbaric and inhumane. Two weeks isolation banged up 23 hours a day would have made sense and we would have been overflowing with gratitude for HMPPS for protecting our loved ones.

How to make the best of your transferable prison skills

If only some employers would look beyond the DBS Enhanced Checks and base their recruitment on the skills, knowledge and experience of each candidate. We would soon see employers climbing over each other to employ people who've been in prison. Can you imagine a world where you are given a job on merit, based on … Continue reading How to make the best of your transferable prison skills

What do you mean institutionalised? Part 3.

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 3.

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

What do you mean institutionalised? Part 1.

HMP fine dining.   In my first blog I questioned whether David is institutionalised. Yes, he is! This is the first in a series of blogs covering the ways that he is institutionalised. Although I  take a light hearted look at being institutionalised. It is actually a very serious issue affecting serving prisoners, ex-prisoners and … Continue reading What do you mean institutionalised? Part 1.