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Books for prisoners

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,002 views

With unintended irony I begin writing this at a café in the sunshine – opposite a small bookshop. I am carrying so much tech that if war breaks out, I’ll be targeted for being a major communications hub. Smartphone, tablet,…

The probation thing

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 946 views

Somewhere in the answer from the Parole Board ordering my release there is a slightly woeful passage pointing out that my Probation Officer will have their work cut out. It seems that I am "challenging". Not that this is related…

Victims and debate

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 977 views

In the debate at Nottingham University over the proposition that Life should mean Life there was one regrettable absentee - the victims' representative. Moya Griffiths was bamboozled by time and traffic and I'm not sure the debate wasn't the better…

Grayling's riot recipe

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,605 views

Not giving a man something is one matter. It can raise disgruntled feelings and frustration, but these are usually kept in check by that blanket of apathy we call the status quo. It is a different matter altogether to set…

A man with a problem

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 942 views

You probably won't know the name John Bowden, unless you take a particular interest in the radical edge of prison politics. A fellow lifer, he remains in prison having being imprisoned the same year I began my sentence. John is…

Miscarriages of justice

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,179 views

That the criminal justice system is quite fallible is something that we all prefer to never think about. When a person is convicted, it is a rare individual who immediately wonders if the verdict is correct. This outlook is, perhaps,…

Dangers of censorship

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 3,699 views

Lifers may be released from prison, but we are never free. We continue our sentence in the community, liable until death to be recalled to prison. This is a detail of our – my – existence which is rarely appreciated…