The title of this blog is actually an acronym - we love an acronym in the criminal justice world, not! - which stands for person under probation and is a label I had stuck to me many moons ago, from my formative teenage years right through to April 26, 2019. Please excuse the lengthy context … Continue reading Pup!
I know I'm stating the bleeding obvious by saying life since March 2020 has been indifferent to the life we had become so accustomed to. We all had to adapt to an alternative way of living. Most of it during a lockdown and with, sometimes strict, restrictions on the freedom snatched away from us overnight. … Continue reading Lessons to learn
I was recently invited to a Zoom debate on HMP Shrewsbury opening up as a tourist attraction and I'm dying to have my say. I politely declined at the same time, kicking myself for missing an opportunity. I'm a Keyboard Warrior with a fear of ‘peopling’, or to use the correct term I've got chronic agoraphobia and … Continue reading I need to get over it.
Talking about #WhatCanBe is one thing, however, it comes down to action as well as words. Coincidentally, these days, my words, spoken or written, are also my actions both in my professional life and in my hobby, researching and writing about organised crime. Readers will be fascinated by accounts of well-mannered criminals penned by writers … Continue reading Full cover reveal
Now there's a question to start a debate, no doubt heated in some arena's. However, it all depends on your perspective. Therefore, the only right answer is, for some it does work and for some it does not. If that is the case, who am I, or who are we, to say which side is … Continue reading Does prison work?
I can somewhat relate my last ever release from prison in 2017 to that of someone who has just passed their driving test and who is now the proud owner of a full driving licence. Alas, mine was a prison licence but, what the hey! I should point out I am referring to a sensible … Continue reading Take your time!
I was having a conversation with someone the other day about how awkward it feels to accept praise these days, not that there was much praise before this part of my life. The reason I find accepting praise awkward is that when I look back to access my lived experience or when I reflect, I … Continue reading My perspective
It is with pure delight with which I write this blog to announce that the i's have been dotted and the t's crossed regarding the organisation who will print the Pen and Corrections collection of haiku for which we have been raising funds through our Crowdfunder campaign https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pen-and-corrections-haiku-by-serving-prisoners. Before announcing who will print our book, … Continue reading Latest Announcement!
I had submitted my true crime story for Well-Mannered Crooks, Rogues & Criminals with a thought I had no chance but what the hey, go for it. Mitzi Szereto did not appear to be the sort of person to be nasty, so the worse thing that could happen was a "thank you, but not at … Continue reading The Best New True Crime Stories
One of the wonderful things about having a perspective of #WhatCanBe is that you just do not know what can be. *PR WARNING* Outrageously blatant plug will follow. Okay, I am just on the acknowledgements page of 'Images of America Los Angeles Underworld' but it is so much more than that from my perspective. Before … Continue reading I’m in this!