Wrong answer.

Once again we have an announcement from the UK government, over a weekend or bank holiday, with regards to our prisons. This heading and sub-heading coming from Bloomberg politics. 'U.K.’s Johnson Unveils $3 Billion Jail Plan to Ease Overcrowding' U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he plans to spend as much as 2.5 billion pounds … Continue reading Wrong answer.

Positive Perceptions

In my previous blog, Change the record to challenge the perception!!, I talked about changing the narrative, from a negative stance to one of looking at things in a better light. Therefore, I am so grateful to Dr. Lewis Owens for the opportunity to share positive and inspiring stories from around the UK. Stories, from parts … Continue reading Positive Perceptions

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

Lost Inside!

I am not aware of how other, former, prisoners who were also once listeners, or even prisoners now, feel in respect of talking to someone else themselves. I always found it an awkward position to be in, especially as I was involved in the training of listeners as well. It never felt right to get … Continue reading Lost Inside!

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

Welcome to Londoncrime.co.uk

On March 31st this year (sounds better than a few days ago) I made my debut as a writer/contributor to an excellent website, owned and managed by someone that has become a close friend, Jim. Jim, is bringing together, in one place, definitive information from the city of London which has some incredible crime history. … Continue reading Welcome to Londoncrime.co.uk

3 Little birds!

‘Bird’ just went plural with Kendra Houseman and Dave Breakspear. Dave appeared on our very first episode of Bird ‘Mental Health Behind Bars | Can Lessons be learnt?’ and Kendra came into our lives at episode 3 ‘UK Street Gangs | A Look Inside’. The links to both these podcasts are available at the end … Continue reading 3 Little birds!