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
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!
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!
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!
“In 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?
My featured image contains the name Yinka 'Lamboginny' Lawanson. Lamboginny is a recording/performing artiste from Nigeria. He is also a humanitarian, in fact, here's a YouTube clip of Lamboginny talking at the recent United Nations World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) conference in New York. Figures in the latest Bromley Briefings, published by the Prison Reform Trust, show … Continue reading The purpose of prison?
In order to influence and enforce long-term, purposeful change to our criminal justice system, we need a co-operative, a togetherness, like never before. The UK justice system, compares somewhat to the system in the USA. In fact, we have quite a lot in common with our American cousins, most things, unlike our respective justice systems, … Continue reading Free Kenneth Foster
I'm not sure if irony is the correct term to use in this instance, because I'm doing exactly what I knew I would be. However, it is my goal, metaphorically of course, to make the walls that surround our prisons, invisible. The taxpaying public, with the hundreds of millions of £££'s spent on our prison … Continue reading A Day to Remember
I've always believed in the proverb 'actions speak louder than words', be them for negative narcissistic reasons or in search of a better life for others and oneself. As we, appear to, head into a season of meetings, seminars and conferences around justice and prison reform , my mind is drawn once again to the … Continue reading Change the record to challenge the perception!!
As you can see by the image I have included below, I am still, eagerly I must say, awaiting delivery of my copy of this excellent collection of poems and drawings by parents and children affected by imprisonment in the UK and abroad which has been edited by Lucy Baldwin & Ben Raikes. I'm fortunate, … Continue reading SEEN & HEARD