It’s time to shift the focus from the negative, what was and what is, and concentrate on What Can Be living crime-free.
When your loved one is in prison it's shit and Christmas is a million times more shit. It's absolutely the shittiest time of the year. I've been through Christmas with a loved one in jail, I know how shit it is and I want to help others make it less shit. The best help and … Continue reading Christmas in Jail 2020
FFS! It's just a pudding! I received some fantastic feedback from my previous blog In-Cell Cuisine 1960s to 1980s. Thank you all very much. But, absolutely no mention of my extensive research or my newly found gift for silly memes and not a word about my imaginative writing. Without exception, it was all about the … Continue reading All about Duffncustard
It was a Marvellous time. As you know, the blogs I write are based on David’s experiences between 1985 and 2017. On this occasion I’ve had to call in the experts who were in prison prior to 1985. There’s a good chance that you’ve already heard anecdotes of people in prison ‘cooking in a kettle’ and the … Continue reading 1. In-Cell Cuisine 1960’s – 1980’s
For the past three years, David has taken every opportunity to speak publicly about the importance of education in prison. Podcasts, radio shows, AGM's, conferences, schools, pupil referral units, universities and every conceivable platform all over the UK. Not only within the criminal justice system, but to the wider audience of the general public and … Continue reading Breakspear Breaks Into Europe
In Part One of What is BPD? I said I would write about our life with BPD. I've pulled on my big girl pants, thrown the mask to the floor and I'm ready to spill my guts! Actually, I've probably hyped it up a bit too much, and it's thin on salacious details. No, I … Continue reading What is BPD? Part 2
Since joining his ‘journey of a reformed man’, David has given me countless reasons to be proud of him. Yesterday he made me proud, because he did absolutely nothing. He just walked away and came home. I won’t sugar coat it. David was a nasty, violent career criminal. In and out of prison for four … Continue reading Now that’s what I call a reformed man
In previous blogs I have taken a very light-hearted look at David’s institutionalisation following his release from prison. However, there really isn’t a funny side to this blog. It has long been recognised and accepted that prisoners can become institutionalised. But a closer look at some prison staff confirms that violence, corruption and abuse is … Continue reading What do you mean institutionalised? Part 3.
Most of my time is taken up campaigning for criminal justice reform, especially within our prisons. Rather than tell people what to think, I try to influence how they think. I do this by sharing my experiences and perspective from both the negative and positive aspects of my life. However, in my spare time, I … Continue reading Sit-Down and Drop the Knife to Save a Life.
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!