In-career-ceration

I recently read an article about prison and prisoners of which I don't want to say I was shocked or surprised by because that would be the wrong choice of wording to use. I suppose the best description, and I'm going back on myself slightly, would be that the article left me feeling pleasantly surprised. … Continue reading In-career-ceration

A reflection of Perth et al.

To celebrate becoming a director on the board of Starting Step I wanted to do, as such anyway, something a little different. I decided to do what I usually do and take a look back at one of the prisons with whom Starting Step will initially be working. It is slightly different as, although reflections … Continue reading A reflection of Perth et al.

Perspectives

Moral Panic Theory Or as I like to call it Media Hype Frenzy. Please take a moment to allow your mind to bring to its front our criminal justice system, although once I have finished you may see things differently in respect of how you see or even read things. The concept of moral panic … Continue reading Perspectives

Basic to Boardroom

Those days are passed now And in the past they must remain But we can still rise now And be the nation again So, why is this half English, half Welsh former prisoner opening a blog with lines from the Scottish Anthem โ€˜O flower of Scotlandโ€™? Well, first Iโ€™d like to introduce a company by … Continue reading Basic to Boardroom

A Private Education

I am not writing this to attract praise, far from it. I have that in abundance from those I choose to have around me. My inner circle so to speak. My reason for writing this and anything else I pen is more about highlighting #WhatCanBe rather than #LookAtMe. I suppose in a way it is … Continue reading A Private Education

Prison cell-ebration

The image above is a screenshot of the slide I used during my TEDx talk at The Open University in November last year. Who in their right mind could turn around and say that it looks like an environment conducive to rehabilitation? That's because it isn't, nor has it ever been or ever will be. … Continue reading Prison cell-ebration

Reflection – What can be!

Regular followers of my blog and Twitter account will be aware of what an incredible year I have had. There have been some fine highlights along the way: A guest of Dr Lewis Owens' at two events. One was at the residence of the Lebanese Ambassador; where I not only met Terry Waite but also … Continue reading Reflection – What can be!

TON UP!

It is remarkable how things turn out sometimes. I am not only able to celebrate my 100th blog, but I am also able to celebrate, and of course, promote ; ) my debut book 'A Father's Son.' I have banged on for ages and will continue to do so, about the importance of education, especially … Continue reading TON UP!

Facts, fears and fables: Silent Battles: Reform!

Those who know me personally can confirm I usually have around 20 projects on the go at any one time in what may be considered a pretty hectic life. However it may look, I do in fact, have quite a lot of structure built in. Organised chaos as the saying goes. Living with complex mental … Continue reading Facts, fears and fables: Silent Battles: Reform!

Does it heal?

โ€œIn light of history, experience and the present limitations of human knowledge, we find it quite impossible to say that committing to the untrammelled discretion of the jury the power to pronounce life or death in capital cases is offensive to anything in the Constitution" (as cited in, Wolfgang & Riedel, p.120). Wolfgang, Marvin, and … Continue reading Does it heal?