Over the last few months David and I have become very good friends with ex-screw Neil 'Sam' Samworth (or as I like to call him, Samantha). There are people who judge me on our friendship and avoid me because I'm mates with a screw. I'll tell you what, there's a whole lot more people judging … Continue reading One Decent Screw at Christmas.
by Charles Salvador Charles Arthur Salvador, better known as Charles Bronson, is a British criminal who has been referred to in the British press as the "most violent prisoner in Britain" and "Britain's most notorious prisoner". First arrested in 1974, he was convicted and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment for armed robbery. Additional time was added due to … Continue reading Charlie says Happy New Year
Noel "Razor" Smith (born 24 December 1960) is a British writer and former criminal with 58 criminal convictions, ranging from theft of motorcycles to armed robbery and grievous bodily harm, and a prison record of adjudications that included causing "gross personal violence" to prison officers, inciting a riot, manufacturing weapons and alcohol, and prison escape, among … Continue reading Christmas in the boob
By Ray Ray Bishop Here's an extract from Inside Times, by the legend Noel Razor Smith. Coincidently Razor's blog about Christmas in Jail is coming up next. (Nicely done, Keef) Once an outlaw, Ray’s living the high life after years spent in and out of prison Ray Bishop has had a somewhat chequered life. He … Continue reading Christmas Most Wanted
by Terry Ellis. Screws leaving Wanno at 6pm on Christmas Eve To find out what happened next and during the rest of his time at Grendon, read Terry's book. But, did his Grendon experiment work? Hell yeah! He even wrote a book about it! Message from Keef: "Ere Tel, you gonna give me drink for … Continue reading Christmas at Grendon.
Erwin James reprises one of his Guardian columns - a moment of humanity on Christmas day 2000 “Merry Christmas,” said Mr Turnlock, as he lifted the flap covering the observation panel on my cell door at around 7.30 on Christmas morning. He was not being facetious, though there are some that can be. More than … Continue reading I spy at Christmas
Neil Campbell has been a Chaplain in the Scottish Prison Service since 1996. He's based at HMP Dumfries but has also worked at HMP Penninghame and HMP Greenock. No Room At The Inn. by Neil Campbell. I don't look forward to Christmas which is ironic because Christmas is a bit of an occupational hazard for … Continue reading Goodwill To All
By Steve Newark ITS NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM. Christmas is an emotive time for everyone, add prison into the equation and it can sometimes be just a bit too much. Missing the children and family get togethers can make Christmas in prison seem the hardest days of your sentence. But it’s not all doom and … Continue reading Penned Up at Christmas
By a mystery man. December 25th, means so many things to so many people. Growing up it was a magical time of the year, something to look forward to, and something to be excited about. As we grow the magic wears off but it’s still something to look forward to and get excited about. Coming … Continue reading Christmas Behind Bars
Ho! Ho! Ho! HMP by David Breakspear. Please excuse the somewhat bah humbug opening to this blog, but I hated Christmas in prison. The only thing I liked was earlier, and more, bang up. However, I doubt very much I would have the same sentiment this year. Bang up in prison was never an issue … Continue reading A Routine Christmas