Friday, 18 July 2014

On Probation Blog: Tagging Special

On Probation Blog: Tagging Special: I wonder what the supervision of the under 12 month cohort will look like. A while ago now I thought I read somewhere that it won't nece...

Thursday, 17 July 2014

What a scorcher!

What a scorcher it is today! No doubt many of us will be enjoying the weather whilst it lasts and no doubt many of us will be seeing some right sights walking the streets! I've just looked out of my window and see a bloke wearing a vest, a pair of speedo's and socks and shoes! Jeez, there should be a law against that! Enjoy the weather and make sure you plaster the sun-cream on! We don't want to be seeing any lobster photo's on Facebook! See you all at weekend when it's thundering and peeing it down. Bye for now.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Have Children Of Prisoners Been Forgotten About? - From Anonymous

Dear PFV. I have never commented on your blog before but would like the chance please.
My husband has been in prison now for 5 years. He is doing a long sentence. When he was arrested, my son was 6 at the time. He is now 11 and still has nightmares about it because the Police kicked down my door shouting and ranting. It was the most frightening thing ever. My son 5 years down the line still has nightmares about that morning. In those 5 years I have had support in the form of speaking to others about our experience but I have never had support directly for my son because I cannot seem to get any. The social services don't want to know because my son is cared for superbly by me and my family. But what about his mental health state? How can my son stop the nightmares? I think it is absolutely disgusting that no one wants to know the children of prisoners. When was the last time we heard about this topic in the media? Have children of prisoners been forgotten about or something? Yours Anonymous Mum

Grayling Doesn't Care! - From Ex Prisoner Alex


I think that the real reason Chris Grayling and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) banned prisoners receiving parcels has nothing to do with books. I doubt the issue was even considered when the revised Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) system was being planned last year. The main objective is for Mr Grayling to be able to tell the Daily Mail and its readers that he is being ‘tough’ on prisoners. Plenty of people who have never been inside a prison (or had a family member or friend inside) imagine that imprisonment is an easy ‘lifestyle choice’ where cons get to lie about all day watching Sky Sports and playing games on the latest Playstations while wearing designer casual wear. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth – even in an open prison. Grayling’s vision is of tens of thousands of broken-spirited men dressed in dirty, badly-fitting uniforms doing hard manual labour (or packing widgets as slave labour for private sector companies), fed on bad food and locked behind their doors for as many hours a day as possible. The revised IEP system was introduced with the aim of reducing privileges across the prison estate, particularly getting as many prisoners as possible off Enhanced level (so no cheap DVD players or Playstation 2s), with a very large number dropping down to Basic level, so they can really be punished in a way the Daily Mail will welcome. Against this background, books were just one casualty of the new hard-line ideology. Of course, after the popular outcry about the ban on positing in books in the media, he and his team then pretended it was all about security (drugs, mainly). Even the Prison Officers’ Association spoke out and disproved that particular lie. The problem is that Grayling really doesn’t care. He wants prisoners to be humiliated by having to wear stained, grubby boxers and socks that have been previously worn by dozens of other cons. He thinks it will help to break our spirits. He wants prisoners locked down on Basic regime for 23 hours a day until they self-harm. Grayling thinks that will be a deterrent to other lads to stay out of prison. And if more and more inmates are driven to suicide… well that will just send a message to the outside world that prison really is a terrible place. It’s all about keeping ordinary people in their place and under control. Prison is the state’s big stick to terrify the poor and Grayling doesn’t give a damn about rehabilitation – or about reducing crime.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Prison UK: An Insider's View: Safe, blud, safe!

Prison UK: An Insider's View: Safe, blud, safe!: Prison slang has been around for centuries, perhaps even going back to the Classical era. In Elizabethan England, there was a tradition of ‘...

Another Reason For Grayling Book Ban? - From Alison

Hi. My take on this Elsa is Chris Grayling doesn't want books or magazines sent in in case there is hidden messages or a letter for someone that's got past the censor department. Just another thought.

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Forest Bank prison 'dangerous' after 100 staff lost in cuts


The number of officers at a local prison has dropped by more than 100 in three years, making it a “dangerous” place, according to bosses of a reform charity. It follows the publication of figures which showed the number of prison officers in the North West has fallen by 32 per cent. Forest Bank Prison in Agecroft Road, Swinton — where many Bolton offenders are housed — had 204 prison officers in September, 2013 compared to 310 in September, 2010. The Howard League for Penal Form (HLPR), which obtained the figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), said the drop coincided with a rise in the number of prisoners and “an alarming rise” in self-inflicted deaths in custody.But an MoJ spokesman disputed the figures, claiming the criticism is politically motivated.HLPR chief executive Frances Crook said: “The prison system is at breaking point.

Child Affected By Arrest - From Anonymous

My OH (other half) was arrested in front of our son last month. The impact this has had on him has been devastating. He has been wetting his pants at school and he has been lying to his teacher that he is ill and wants to go home. He is wetting the bed and has started to draw all over the wallpaper in his bedroom. I have asked for help but have been told that I have to pay for counselling for him and I can't afford it. No one wants to know and I don't know what to do. From Anonymous.

Rolf Harris Deportation? - By GDS

Well no one has picked up on this aspect. If he became a British Citizen - which I understand he has not – but, if he did and was naturalized (naturalized not nationalized as Hodgson said of a Belgium player) his passport can be revoked because of his criminal offence. Under the UK Border Act 2009 because he has been convicted of a criminal offence then he is subject to deportation automatically to Australia and lo and behold he gets an extra nine months off his sentence! It’s called the Facilitated Return Scheme (FRS). He is in effect a foreign national, being Australian, if he did not get British citizenship which as I pointed out before I understand he has not. Therefore, I feel this factor needs looking into as Rolf Harris is technically an Australian citizen and will be subject to deportation and he can even elect to serve his sentence there but deportation is of course mandatory.

Prison officers wearing CAMERAS to record attacks after surge in violence from inmates


Prison officers are wearing cameras to film attacks after a surge in violence by lags, writes Andy Gardner in the Sunday People. The small devices are attached to uniforms in a pilot scheme at ­category A Long Lartin Prison, Worcs, and at the young offender ­institution HMP Aylesbury, Bucks. The move could pave the way for all 17,000 officers in England and Wales to wear cameras. The scheme by the National Offender Management Service comes amid fears of escalating ­violence in jails. Assaults on officers by inmates have soared as spending cuts bit, with 326 attacked in 2012-13 – up by a record 31%.Cameras could also lead to staff spending less time on ­suspensions while prisoners’ ­complaints are ­investigated. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Grayling Has Banned Education - From Eva

Chris Grayling banned books because books are a threat to the system.
His feeble excuse of drug smuggling is insane because as the original poster pointed out, he may as well ban visitors, prison officers, mail and clothing being sent in. A lot of ex prisoners who are now bloggers were very much self educated in prison and studied the law inside out. If prisoner's aren't allowed books in, the only other option they have is to watch TV and how much is one going learn watching reality programmes and the rest of the rubbish that is on TV these days. The book ban is cunning plot to divert potential problem prisoners who have the ability to challenge to system. Chris Grayling claims that this is what the public wants. What an absolute load of rubbish. Chris Grayling hasn't banned books, he has banned education in prison's. That is exactly what he has done! Best Wishes Eva

Your Skin Heals Itself When It Smells Sandalwood


"They found that Sandalore – a synthetic sandalwood oil used in aromatherapy, perfumes and skin care products – bound to an olfactory receptor in skin called OR2AT4. Rather than sending a message to the brain, as nose receptors do, the receptor triggered cells to divide and migrate, important processes in repairing damaged skin.”

Comments On Prison Book Ban - By Elisa

So my son is in prison and isn't allowed any books or newspapers sent in? I dare say that the 'hang them and flog them' brigade will say that he shouldn't be entitled to have any because he is in prison. Those people are like monotonous songs being played over and over again. They swarm threads online like a swarm of bees yet cannot give any valid reason (apart from throw away the key drivel) why prisoners shouldn't be allowed books. My son is in prison and let me tell the righteous clan this much, I would rather him read than watch TV and I would rather him read than play on a console game. Yes, I would rather him read a book. But something doesn't sit right with all this book banning malarkey especially when the Tories bleat on about how important education is. Chris Grayling has defended the book ban because it is a way of smuggling in drugs. In that case, ban prison officers, ban visitors and ban mail too. If that is Chris Grayling's only excuse then it is a pretty lame one don't you think when you can bet your bottom dollar that drugs are still rife on every wing in HMP. I would like to know some of your readers views on this as I think it would make for an interesting read. So why do you think Chris Grayling banned books? From Elisa.

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Meet Ida the Angora rabbit – she might be the cutest thing ever


da the English Angora rabbit is pretty much the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Well, her and her mounds and mounds of candy floss-like fur. Ida is part of a collection of Angora rabbits who belong to Betty Chu, a retired professor at San Jose State University – she tours around the country with the bundles of fluff for shows as part of the Northern California Angora Guild. Amazing. These amazing bunnies can grow up to 10 inches of fur, which is significantly more than the one inch on your standard pet rabbit at home.

Parole hearings 'to treble' after 'fairness' ruling


The Parole Board says it will have to hold about 11,500 more hearings every year for prisoners who want to be released - even though there is no prospect of them being let out. It comes after the Supreme Court said there must be more emphasis in England and Wales on "fairness" to inmates. The Parole Board says October's ruling will treble the number of hearings, raising its costs by at least £10m.The government says it has made provisions for the increased workload.The Parole Board deals with some of the most serious offenders including those serving life and indeterminate sentences.

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Probation? - By Ex Offender D

Hi all. First of all I give you permission to alter my email because I am not the greatest of spellers.
I got out of prison this year and was released on licence. I notice that you post a lot about probation on your blog so I would like to comment.
As I said I got out of prison this year. I go to probation because I have to but within the last three months I have seen probation officers who haven't got a clue who I am or what I am all about. When I say they don't know what I am all about, I mean that from the age of 9 I was in a care home and in that care home nice things didn't happen and I will stop at that. I ended up committing crime because I was with a group of people that did it and I didn't know any different at that age. For those who want to judge, go ahead because if you have never lived in a care home, you do not know what you are talking about. When I was in one in the early 1980's, it wasn't good. Anyway I go to probation to be asked the same old crap every time I go which is - "are you OK." and the odd question which is - " how is the job hunting going on?" The answer is, no I am not OK and as for the job hunting? I wouldn't even know how to get through an interview or explain the many many many gaps in my CV. There is nothing I can write on my CV that would even make it worth it reading! I have ambled my way through the system since I was 9 years of age and it is all I know. I don't know anything else. I live at home with my Sister who is great and she has been helping me to search the internet and how to use a computer but in my head I belong in prison. The outside here is not what I am used to and it is a daunting place to be in. I'm not a horrid person by far, I do have a heart and I have never in all my criminal years physically hurt a human being. I have sat down and thought about not going to probation just so they can breach my licence and I can go home back to the institution I belong in.
Take it from me, there is absolutely no such thing as rehabilitation for someone who considers institutions as their home. Yes I know some ex cons have done very well and I am pleased for them, but no one person is the same. I also know it is down to me to rehabilitate myself but if my head if messed up which it is, how do I do that? My long standing probation officer was great I must say but has been moved on. He at least listened to me whereas now all I get is some young student-like probation officer who has never experienced life herself! No disrespect to her but how can she understand the word 'abuse' or 'kids home' if she has never even been there herself? I just think I am better off inside. Sorry for the moan but I thought I'd write in because there must be others in my situation, in fact I know there are because the same faces are there when I have ended up back in jail. Please keep my name anonymous please. You do some good work publishing stories and keep going because somewhere along the line your blog is helping a lot of people. Even if my story helps one person who can turn around and say 'yes that is how I feel' and manages to find help and support from somewhere then it's all good. Love D

On Probation Blog: Is It Legal?

On Probation Blog: Is It Legal?: The name Harry Fletcher will be very familiar to all Napo members. The erstwhile Assistant General Secretary parted company with the union ...

Rude Police To Be Punished - From Jen


Officers who are rude to the public will face formal punishment under new rules planned to improving the reputation of the police. The new code of ethics will also cover officers working when drunk or using drugs, or those having sex while on duty. Officers will be urged to blow the whistle on colleagues if they breach professional standards.Punishments will range from a verbal warning to possible dismissal.Earlier this year, Home Secretary Theresa May told the police service that reform or change would be forced upon them following a series of incidents that shook public confidence, including the Hillsborough cover-up and the Plebgate scandal.

RE: Above article - By Jen

Dear PFV. Reading the latest on Sky News has prompted me to write. I remember and I always will remember the time when my partner was arrested. Fair enough, the Police weren't to know that I didn't have a clue about my partner's shifty goings on and that is the truth, but there attitude towards me and my teenage daughter when they were in my house was absolutely vile. I also remember telling one Police officer that I didn't take kindly being spoken to like rubbish, but all I got was, "You'll be in the back of the van as well in a minute!" So I absolutely agree with this decision. I know they are only doing their jobs but there are far too many Police officers up their own backsides in my opinion and a lot of them can deal with sitiuations without the attitude.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

GDS Prison Diary Part 35


8.16am – Well I won’t be making that mistake again of eating so much, yesterday could not sleep too well- damn. Anyway it was a special treat, I guess. Nice weather again. Last night I wrote up more of my autobiography the years 1992 – 2012 Act III. Some interesting revelations. Today I will do some more. 05.21pm – What a lovely day – weather wise. Went over to see Santa my Italian friend on another section and did some translating for him. The man was a lorry driver earning five thousand euros’ a month with three children. Oh well at least he will go back to Italy soon, I hope. Just finished drinking coffee! Did you know when it’s hot its best to have a hot drink to cool down? Did some letters for two lifers today. If I can help anyone I will and did the letters out in the sun so managed to see fresh air and sunshine for a while. Managed also to call my son Mike. Hope soon to be able to hear my son Gianni. One day I hope he will understand why so much of my absence. I do miss him so much and my lovely consort. Tonight may do more of my autobiography or start a story for Caroline. This afternoon saw ‘Long Lost Family.’ One mother met her son she had to put up for adoption 35 years ago. Jeez almost brought a tear to my eye. Is that a sign I’m really human? You know what has brought me much comfort the past year+? This diary! Why? Because it’s a commitment and one, so far, I have diligently kept. Tonight ‘Coronation Street.’

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Inquiry into non-natural deaths in detention of adults with mental health conditions

The inquiry will assess the extent to which prison, hospital and police services comply with the Human Rights Act 1998 and how recommendations from previous inquiries and reports into non-natural deaths in detention have been implemented.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Dad Was Nearly Sent To Prison - From Clare

Hey guys, I came across an article after doing a google on dementia and prison. It's called Too Little Too Late  which is on the Prison Reform Trust website. Check this out:


The chair of one board described the distressing situation for one elderly man and prison staff charged with his care: An 80-year-old confused man [in this prison] is unable to look after himself. We do not yet know whether he was known to social services but it seems likely. He has a five-year sentence for indecent exposure which is not surprising since he continually takes his clothes off.

My Dad got done for pretty much the same thing and nearly went to prison himself. He has dementia and dementia patients often take off their clothes due to agitation. He also once got reported for asking a little boy if he wanted to go to the shop with him. He asked the little boy in front of his Mother and the kids Mother reported my Dad to the Police. Luckily the community support officers were made aware of Dad's dementia and explained this to the kid's Mother. But look how things could end up for someone suffering from this illness!!!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Dementia Prison Buddies - By Helen

OK, according to an article online it was said that 10 prisons had piloted dementia buddies by training younger prisoners to understand dementia and support those in prison with it. That's great, but how well trained are the buddies and prison staff when later stage dementia sets in, because believe you me, I would like to be around to see it. I would also like to ask someone what happens to a dementia patient/prisoner when sun-downing occurs whilst they are locked in their cells? Do late-stage dementia patients/prisoners go on to a secure wing or health care ward because again I would like to know who deals with incontinence issues and inhabited behaviour? A lot of people believe that dementia is an illness where people 'forget' things. Whilst that maybe true, trust me, the illness goes above and beyond that stage. I am glad you have featured this on your blog because it certainly is an interesting and important topic.The article I read did not state which 10 prisons were involved in the dementia buddy scheme. More on this please.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Struggling On The Out - From Jen

I hope you don't mind me writing in to you.
My name is Jen and I have just finished serving a three year prison sentence. I have been out for 9 weeks now. My partner stood by me throughout and is very supportive. I don't know whether you cover such topics and I know it is probably a touchy subject but since I have been home, I can't stand my partner being near me physically and I don't know why or for what reason. It's easy for people to encourage prisoners families and prisoners to rebuild their relationships, but it isn't as simple as people think. I have been to the doctors and he has offered me anti-depressants but I don't want to take them. I have no one to talk to and friends who called themselves friends walked away when I was sent down even though some of them have had grey pasts themselves. I'm not a bad person, I am a person who screwed up and will not be going back to prison. In a funny kind of way, I coped being inside, it's here on the out I'm struggling with! Love Jen

No, Prison's Can Not Cope With The Elderly - From Diana

I have just seen a post on your Twitter feed and would like to reply please. You ask whether UK Prison's can cope with the elderly. Quite simply the answer is no and I speak from experience. My Dad is in prison and he is a pensioner. He is also a dementia patient and the prison staff haven't got the foggiest idea how to cope with his illness. He gets his words mixed up, he forgets to comply with certain rules and he can at times be aggressive, but that is his illness. His behaviour is challenging sometimes and to be quite frank, the prison officers haven't got a clue but then that isn't their fault because training should be on hand concerning such health issues. Come on, if I can notice his challenging behaviour during prison visits, then how is this challenging behaviour controlled within the prison vicinity? Yes my Dad is in prison for a reason, but when all said and done, he is my Dad. So the answer to your question is: No, I do not think that prison's can cope with the elderly. Best Wishes Diana.

Can UK Prison's Cope With Elderly People?

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has been jailed for nearly six years for 12 indecent assaults against four girls - including one aged just seven or eight. Mr Justice Sweeney said Harris, 84, had taken advantage of his celebrity status and had shown "no remorse". Harris will be joining many others of his age, as the number of pensioners in prisons has doubled in the past 10 years. BBC Newsnight's Jim Reed asks whether the prison system in the UK is coping effectively with detaining the rising number of elderly people.

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Offenders Pay The Wages - By Hilary

I am a Mother to a young offender currently in prison in the UK.
This is his second time in a Young Offenders Institute.
When he went back in for the second time, he was quite made up that he met other offenders he was acquainted with the first time around. I 100% agree with discipline but in my opinion, the sole reason the Young Offenders Institutes are cotton wool factories is because if discipline was introduced, there would be less people going back. If discipline worked in prison's, how would the privately run ones make their money and how would the thousands of prison officers, probation officers, prison governors, Police, and the rest of them, pay their bills? Offenders pay wages no matter which way you look at it. Lights out, TV's off, at 10.30pm every night is not discipline, it is a rule just like 8.00pm bang up time. The offenders can still talk to each other when it's lights out and TV off time, and I would love to be a fly on the wall and listen to their conversations because my son committed his second crime with a previous cell mate he had only met whilst being in prison! I read lots of articles online about prison reform and so on, yet I have never come across a prison reform article that suggests any ideas as to how prison's should be reformed! I remember reading one article a person wrote stating that prisoners should be subjected to a hard days slog on the lines of voluntary work. But the person who started the thread was then bombarded with prison reformers disagreeing with him! Why? Last year I worked voluntarily for two weeks helping a charity to clean the grounds and revamp the gardens of a rehabilitation centre. What's wrong with that? What would be wrong with making prisoners work to put something back in to the community? As far as I am concerned, the system want people back though their doors because it is like everything else, it all balls down to money.

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risky ruling - by Pat

Hi PFV. I honestly don't know how Chris Grayling is going to make this lights-out ruling work without any repercussions. If there is work or constructive activities in place in order to rebuild young offenders life's then maybe, but I personally think that Grayling is putting staff at risk if he can't back up his ruling.
I agree with discipline but let me tell you that my son was in a Young Offenders Institute once and he couldn't have come from a more disciplined household. Me and my Husband tried everything in the book but our son's shoes were glued on the wrong path and no matter how much we disciplined him, he took no notice. In fact, he got worse and rebelled even more. What Chris Grayling has to realize is that today's society is not the same as it once was. I see youths on the streets swearing at Police Officers and rebelling against their school teachers when at one time, you dare not look at a Police Officer the wrong way. On my way home from work (I work evening shifts) I see kids on street corners as young as 10, maybe younger than that at midnight. No doubt the majority of young offenders who are locked up right now stayed out on the streets until after midnight, so how is Grayling going to discipline them by creating the 10.30pm lights-out rule? Don't get me wrong, I am all for discipline and it wouldn't do them any harm, but Grayling clearly doesn't live in the real world and I think what he is doing is very risky.

How do they get over it? - from Sophie

Hi. Two weeks ago my front door was kicked in by the Police. They were looking for my partner who had apparently been drug dealing. A lot wouldn't believe me but I swear I knew absolutely nothing about this. Our house was turned upside down and it was the most frightening thing ever. Our daughter who is only 6 was hysterical as you can imagine and it has had a massive affect on her. I have thrown my partner out because I cannot believe he has betrayed us. How do children ever get over something like this because we are really really struggling. I have no one to turn to and cannot seem to get help from anyone. I just do not know what to do.

On Probation Blog: Grayling Losing the Plot

On Probation Blog: Grayling Losing the Plot: Apparently Chris Grayling is said to be 'pleased' with the bids the MoJ have received for the 70% of probation's work being p...

Sunday, 29 June 2014

On Probation Blog: Grayling Wasting Money

On Probation Blog: Grayling Wasting Money: Whilst I was out and about yesterday delivering the prize to the lucky millionth-hit winner, there's been a lot of talk about how much t...

Prison Widow Sets Up Memory Cafe For Dementia Sufferers

Hi and good morning! Thank you everyone for your emails checking whether or not I am still alive. I have been absent from the blog for a month because I have been busy setting up a Memory Cafe for dementia patients and their carers. The grand opening day is Thursday 24th July at 11.00am and the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton are kindly opening it. For more details, please email me at widow@prisonwidow.co.uk It's been a month of hard slog to be quite honest with you and I've got another month of hard slogging ahead but boy is it worth it! I know people are up against it financially in this day and age and supporting other great causes, but if you can help me out, that would be wonderful. The picture above is a memorabilia pack which are sold on Amazon  for just under £6.00. There are a few different types and they are fantastic for people suffering with dementia, so if you can help me out, please email me. The cafe will host a vary of activities such as reminiscence therapy, music therapy, cake decoration, bygone themes, arts and crafts and more.
If you can help me out in any of the above mentioned, I would love to hear from you!
I'd like to say a special thank you to prison Author Shaun Attwood who has made a donation and helped me out. Thanks in advance everyone! Let us also not forget that there are indeed dementia sufferers in prisons too!

Switch Down! - By Carol K

I agree with Chris Grayling regarding discipline but I would like to know how he is going to back up the lights-out at 10.30pm rule. Is Chris Grayling going to back it up with days packed with work, activities and exercise in order for this to work? Or will it be lights out, go to sleep and wait for the riots? No one can force anyone to go to sleep at a certain time, especially youths, so I would like to know what Chris Grayling has put in to place to back up his new ruling. I'm not saying I disagree with what he is saying, but he needs to back up his ruling.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

BEN'S PRISON BLOG - Lifer On The Loose: Morally Ambiguous Murderers

BEN'S PRISON BLOG - Lifer On The Loose: Morally Ambiguous Murderers: The Right wingers who lurk in the shadier parts of our society - such as Parliament and the Daily Mail - are not known for supporting murder...

Lights Out Says Grayling! - By Stu


Young offenders will be ordered to go to bed at 10.30pm under strict new rules announced by the Government. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling revealed the new "lights out" regulation to be imposed on 15 to 17-year-olds in English institutions.
Does Grayling want them to count sheep too?
I have been in institutions and I laughed out so loud when I read this article I lost a stone!
Is this Graylings step towards rehabilitation? Look, not only will this new ruling cause riots,  it will cause disruption and major risks to staff, but that is just my opinion of course. What Mr Know-it-all- needs to do is spend a night in one of the institutions and observe. That however is a likely story, but take it from someone who has worn the t-shirt, washed and ironed it a few times over, the man is asking for trouble. Lets just say that after years of leeway, and I'll be honest here, when I was in institutions it wasn't great but it wasn't tough either, if Mr Clever Clogs honestly thinks his brainwave will work, he needs to seriously resign now! But hang on a minute, how would this work for those on remand? I'm just saying because I was once on remand around that age and was found not guilty? Maybe someone could shed some light - no pun intended!

Early Bedtime Rule For Young Offenders Slammed


Young offenders will be ordered to go to bed at 10.30pm under strict new rules announced by the Government. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling revealed the new "lights out" regulation to be imposed on 15 to 17-year-olds in English institutions. He said those who refuse to obey the new rules will be punished with the removal of privileges such as access to a television. But prison reform campaigners labelled the plan a "petty restriction" and said it would add to problems faced in understaffed prisons. More than 800 under-18s are serving custodial sentences in young offenders' institutions. Mr Grayling said: "The public expects that serious offenders face prison - that is right. "But it is also crucial that young people, most of whom have had chaotic and troubled lives finally get the discipline so badly needed to help turn their lives around. "In some prisons young people are allowed to go to bed when they please. I don't think that is right. Stopping this inconsistency and introducing a strict 'lights out' policy is all part of our approach to addressing youth offending.

We're Back!

We've been quiet for a month due to Prison Widow's new business venture so as from tomorrow, the blog will resume and we will be busy publishing the stories we are still receiving. Thank you all for your patience.

Friday, 23 May 2014

GDS Diary - Part Thirty


07.12am – Well, well, well, happy anniversary of one year of wholly wrongful convictions. I have not allowed this last one year to make me bitter, or feel hatred, towards those that are responsible for what happened because all of them cut a very sorry sight but, wish them all well. In the meantime the last one year, boy, have I done a lot. I have learnt more advanced law than ever. I could have, and succeeded, in a number of high profile cases. Were it not for me, rest assured, one person would today be serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. And, in joint, two extraditions refused. Murder, and of course the great S.4 (A.G. comment required) for drug conspiracy cases. That has caused havoc to the judicial system because the A.G. must review all conspiracies cases where leave was required. There is also the issue of the Coroner and Justice Act 2006 which repealed the wrong Act (Supreme Court Act 1981 which should have been Senior Courts Act 1981) and the question of course, of confiscation cases from extradited people. I have ensured that I do not benefit from any of my work – call me a fool if you like – but that is how I want it. I have, I think, done much this year – I have used my time not passed it. I have also established the National Union of Prisoners UK and will teach inmates the ‘petition to parliament’ which will assist in prison conditions. Have I suffered? No but my family have and that should not be but, it is how it is. When a Judge emits a sentence, he sentences a whole family not only the offender. That should not be and I will be addressing that matter from now on.