The number 42!

Although I share the many negative aspects of my life, I merely do so in order to share the journey. There is no point in campaigning for reform through sharing my own experiences with only half the story. For me though, it is the positive aspects which not only mean more but are more important. … Continue reading The number 42!

Change the record to challenge the perception!!

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!!

Facts, fears and fables: Silent Battles (2)

In part one of Facts, fears and fables: Silent Battles, I had described my time in the two Approved Premises (AP) (one in Luton and one in Norwich) which I was made to reside in as part of my licence conditions during my first three months of release. I also discussed two of my relapses. In … Continue reading Facts, fears and fables: Silent Battles (2)

SEEN & HEARD

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

Gary Kasparov the learner driver!

Allow your mind to visualise prison, if you can - even if for only the briefest of moments - as a chess board. You have two opposing sides, made up of many: labels? titles? names and so on, or even pieces? Within one arena, all going in different directions. Some more restricted than others, confined … Continue reading Gary Kasparov the learner driver!

Facts, fears and fables: Silent Battles

At midnight tomorrow night - with no pomp and circumstance, no fan-fare, no appointment to be met, no paperwork to sign, not even a "see ya later" -  my time as a service user, after many decades, of our criminal justice system comes to an end, as my time on licence from prison expires. One … Continue reading Facts, fears and fables: Silent Battles

RIKERS – An American Jail

For four decades, the U.S. has been engaged in a globally unprecedented experiment to make every part of its criminal justice system more expansive and more punitive. As a result, incarceration has become the nation’s default response to crime, with, for example, 70 percent of convictions resulting in confinement — far more than other developed nations with comparable … Continue reading RIKERS – An American Jail