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 MoJ, and has done for years, is … Continue reading Filters lie, figures don’t!
My mother will be devastated when I tell you that I was brought up on a council estate. Last time I mentioned it, in company, she immediately dismissed it as my vivid imagination. Did I imagine all this too? Mother's birthplace, Springburn, Glasgow. Childhood. Canning Town, East London. Teenage Years. Roundshaw, Wallington. Here comes Keef! Spital's … Continue reading Just call me Keef.
I am getting the hang of writing misleading headlines from reading the Daily Fail. But beneath the headlines, I haven't written a book. Yet! What I'm actually doing is known in the medical profession as an avoidance technique. I'm using the book to avoid talking to anyone and by anyone, I mean everyone. I'm absolutely … Continue reading Is it ok if I don’t talk?
A theme that has been running through my mind for the past 15 years and one I put into action regularly is 'connect and collaborate'. Looking at things from my perspective, you would see that there is no way I would be sitting at my laptop right now writing this blog, or any of my … Continue reading Two heads are better than one
In my previous post, I made a full, public confession that we’ve hit rock bottom. As David says, “We’re properly on our arses”. Since the first lockdown we’ve been surviving on Universal Credit. We are fortunate that the Community Larder drop off the just after the best before date produce from the local supermarkets every week and we choose … Continue reading My Friends are Disorders.
"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." W. Clement Stone. I have said for as long as I can remember, or at least from when I first had the thought, that in relation … Continue reading Mind-set, Go!
Since June 2020 we have been dependent on food banks and universal credit. This is my rock bottom and this is how I'm dealing with it.
It's finally here, the launch of The Community Safety Podcast created by someone who has become a wonderful and quite unique friend of mine, Jim Nixon. I connected with Jim last year on LinkedIn; we had a chat and found the more we were saying, the more we were singing from the same hymn sheet. … Continue reading The Community Safety Podcast
I know there are some who think our prison system is akin to being sent to a Billy Butlin resort; in the year to the end of September 2018, there were a record 10,085 assaults by prisoners on prison staff, I'm not sure how many redcoats were assaulted by holidaymakers during the same period, but … Continue reading All in the mind
A buzz word within the prison system, not just in ours but across the world, is resettlement. Like most words, it is has several definitions. In searching the Googles, the Oxford English Dictionary tells me that resettlement is 'the act or process of helping people go and live in a new country or area; the … Continue reading I’ve been here, B4.