A situation happened yesterday that rendered me speechless. A rare event for this former prisoner with plenty to say, but Keef could tell it was down to pure delight even though I had tears in my eyes. By now, I am sure you are aware of what our Pen and Corrections project is, don't worry … Continue reading Ted Sherman presents the Pen and Corrections Project
As a serving prisoner, I still had an external duty to be a parent. I am aware it is a bit rich of me to have been concerned about my children whilst I was in prison, "why didn't you think of them before going to prison, David?" would be and is a fair question to … Continue reading Giving Back at Easter
Although this blog is going to be a blatant plug of the Real Porridge Podcast, created and hosted by a former prison officer, there is still a point to this blog. Neil 'Sam' Samworth is the former prison officer who created and hosts the Real Porridge Podcast. I had never met Sam whilst I was … Continue reading Real Porridge
The title of this blog is my perspective of hope. A quick search of the Googles and the Cambridge Dictionary informs me that their definition is: 'to want something to happen or to be true, and usually have a good reason to think that it might:' (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/) It is all too easy to take a … Continue reading Helping Our Prisoner’s Excel. Prison reframed.
In my previous blog, Revolving Doors!, you met my mate 'Fictitious Vic' this time around I'd like to introduce you to another mate, Mr. Risky Needs, who some know as either 'Risky' or 'Needy'. Risky doesn't have many friends, especially those willing to fight his corner. If I didn't know any different, which many people … Continue reading Risky Needs
An important aspect in the reduction of reoffending is to ensure we create fewer victims, or if cold hard cash is your thing and from a fresh perspective, reducing reoffending will also keep insurance premiums to a minimum. Less crime, fewer insurance payouts, minimal premiums. And if it is cold hard cash where your thoughts … Continue reading Revolving Doors!
I know there will be some who disagree with me as well as those who will agree and those who will understand along with those who don't. Getting out of prison can be just as a traumatic experience as being sent to prison in the first place can be. Especially when you have no proper … Continue reading “GET OUT AND STAY OUT!!”
I take advantage of waking up early by using the surrounding stillness to take a bit of me time each morning. I spend those moments reflecting on where I am now and how far I have come. I find by doing that not only do I stay mindful of where I'm from and the life … Continue reading Empathy matters
On Monday 1st March, St. David's Day, I received some fantastic news. I have to admit it is something still sinking in. What made it even more special was the person who delivered the news to me and where he works. The news also had me reflecting like never before. Jose Aguiar, the person who … Continue reading Run away!!
I love the Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile published by the Prison Reform Trust. I can't say the same regarding some of the statistics contained within its pages. In fact, too many make for upsetting reading. However, one thing that frustrates me with our criminal justice system, and the Ministry of Justice, and has done for … Continue reading Filters lie, figures don’t!