Thursday, 5 December 2013
Sunday, 1 December 2013
My hubby came out of prison recently and we have done nothing but argue all the time since he has been home. I thought it was going to be the same happy family we had before he went to prison but it isn't and it is affecting our son. My hubby has only been away for 18 months but he has changed and become selfish. He is asking for money all the time to buy cans of larger which he never used to do before and I am shocked that he has started smoking weed as well although not in the house but even so this is not like him. I got a lot of support online when my hubby was in prison but now he has come home there doesn't seem to be much support for families. The hardest part about prison is living without them for a while and you do adjust to that but I didn't expect the homecoming to be so difficult. Is there any support groups for people like me who are struggling with release from prison?
PFV: If any one knows any good support groups for prison release then let us know please.
To whom this may concern. Hi and thank you for supplying families and ex prisoners with a brilliant site whereas we can contribute and voice our opinions openly. Please if you can keep my name anonymous.
My Brother is in a secure unit at the moment after being moved from prison to a secure unit so that the health services can get to the bottom of his mental health issues. Our family are grateful that the prison services have now recognised that he does have a mental health illness however we are not pleased about the length of time it has taken them to 'decide' that he has an illness despite being given access to his previous medical notes. I am not condoning what he did, but unfortunately a prison officer got a punch off my brother when his mood took a dip. I dare say that this happens frequently within the prison service. I question how many other prisoners are in the wrong facility? Naturally if a person has committed a crime that warrants a prison sentence then that is fair enough. But for those with mental health illnesses, prison is not the right establishment and I was wondering where I could find any information on this topic please? Yours Sincerely Anonymous.
His hands are made of microfiber to gently remove smudges from the glass screen!
A 40-year-old prison with more than 1,300 inmates has been taken over by a private firm. HMP Northumberland, in Acklington, has been taken over from the government by Sodexo Justices Service. The firm has a 15-year contract and claimed it would save the taxpayer £129m a year by cutting 200 jobs.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Howdo guys. I read a good post written by an ex prisoner about resettlement and rehabilitation on your blog and I got to agree with him. I was inside for 3 and a half years, and no way did the prison and the so called probation officers whose job it once was to support ex cons, prepare me for release. Prison and resettlement is a con in more ways than one!!!!!!!!! If you wanna change then it's up to you but don't be relying on the Government do-gooders to help you because it won't happen.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Dear ED. What a great site by the way! I am an ex offender/prisoner and can only tell it the way it is. Prison, Probation and the little amount of help and support the UK has for ex prisoners cannot and will not help anyone rehabilitate and I speak from experience. The rehabilitation process lies solely with oneself. The NO 1 main source of support came from my family and without them I wouldn't be where I am today, which is settled and working full time in a job I enjoy. I count my blessings every day. But for many ex offenders/prisoners, they actually rely on the tiny percentage of help and support that is out here and many fail hence they wander back through the prison gates.
I went in to the prison system addicted to drugs and I will be truthful in saying that I used drugs inside too. I suppose you could rightfully say that that was my own fault and you would be right in saying that too. But there is a but. Let me ask your readers an honest question here.... would you rehome an alcoholic in to a pub? The question in my humble opinion answers itself, so then you have to question why a drug addict would be put in to a prison cell with another drug addict who has no intention of coming of the drugs and smokes it openly in front of you in such a confined area. I was an addict so therefore of course I smoked drugs socially in prison. I remember when the courts gave me a custodial sentence and the Judge said that in prison, I would hopefully receive the help I needed. The Judge obviously was and probably still is extremely unaware of how prisoners operate in prison and of course the temptation that hits you in the face more or less on the first day of becoming a prisoner in HMP. What I am really saying is this. There is NO SUCH THING AS REHABILITATION when in prison. It doesn't exist. Empty beds need to be filled like any other business, and the revolving doors will be there for many years to come. Some might well say that prisons have work shops and education etc, which is true, but then and again they have too to be seen to be doing something that reaches the public eye. Put a TV camera in a few cells and let the public see the real picture that stands in its frame. One of the most piss-take programmes I have watched was the Strangeways documentary where prisoner David Charlton was exposed. Everyone I spoke to about that certain programme talked about David Charlton and HOW FUNNY he was. People tuned in just to watch his antics, but antics aside, let the cameras film prisoners tooting Heroin in their cells and let the cameras film prisoners begging for money on the phone to put towards their next fix. What you see on TV is bull crap. They show the general goings on and it doesn't shock people one bit. Prison documentaries are blank canvases... there is no real picture.
To Be Continued.....
HMP Portland will become one of 70 so-called 'resettlement jails'
A young offenders institution in Dorset will become a so-called "resettlement jail", Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed. The decision for HMP Portland follows the announcement to close HMP Dorchester, which was originally earmarked as one of 70 such jails. Offenders will be moved to a resettlement prison near to where they live before being released.Steve Hodson, deputy governor at HMP Porland, said it was "excellent news".
Hi There.. I had to nod in agreement with the post that said Jeremy Kyle offers more rehabilitation than the Prison Service. My boyfriend has been in prison (just the once) and has struggled with a drink addiction. When he went to prison, he was thrown in to a cell with someone who was addicted to Brown (Heroin) and became addicted to that after being persuaded by his cell mate that it was good s**t and that it takes away the prison bars. So my boyfriend decided to smoke some, what an idiot. He told me on a visit he had some and that it chilled him out and that he wouldn't take any more, but I have never heard anyone say "Just the once" on Heroin. He came out of prison and I caught him smoking some in our downstairs loo. I went berserk of course and kicked him out. He came back and told me he had stopped smoking Brown. That was a lie because I caught him out again and this time noticed things kept on going missing from the house such as console games I'd bought him. His drinking habit was bad enough but this Heroin addiction just tops it all. He has tried getting an appointment with the local drugs team but the waiting list is approx 8 weeks. I have tried to get some kind of support but can't and the whole thing is just a joke now. No wonder families are turning to the likes of TV show to get help because there is sod all out here. As for going back to prison to get help, well what would be the point of that when the damn places have drugs on sale in there? A massive percentage of prisoners are drug addicts and go to prison with drugs still openly available to them so what is the point? Prison's aren't places to sort people out, maybe at one time they were, but not anymore. My Boyfriend told me a lot of stories about prison and I was shocked. Talk about goings on in there! The system is a joke and it isn't working that's for sure because you tell me how my Boyfriend gets sent to prison and comes out an Heroin addict addicted to a drug that he never ever previously used before he went to prison. Oh boy I would love to ask our Government that question!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Written by Lisa Higgins for Prisoners Families Voices
I came across a post on Prisoners Families Voices concerning prisoners addicted to drugs. My long term partner served 5 years in prison and was placed on a drugs therapeutic wing. No drugs were 'allowed' on this wing. No drugs should be allowed on any prison wing, but on the TC (therapeutic community wing) drugs were a no no. The thing was, my partner was indeed able to get hold of drugs on this so called ' no drugs allowed' unit. Many times my partner was 'off his head' and no one could tell me any different because during a visit, his eyes were pinned and I knew the 'heroin' face of his because I lived with it for two years. Like a lot of people, I thought that prison and the TC wing would have done my partner some good. I supported him ( more fool me ) and thought that this was an ideal opportunity for him to sort his head out and become drug free. But there is no such thing as drug free in prison. If the courts and white collars really think there is, then a brain transplant should indeed be on their Christmas wish list. Living with someone addicted to Heroin is draining to the point of breaking. Heroin addicts will squeeze the last tiny bit of hope and patience from anyone. I can say it because I have lived with it. I too have had money stolen, phones pinched, valuables weighed in at the local Cash Converter and bank details used for thieving pay-day loan companies who rinsed my bank account on many occasions even though I TOLD them that the loan wasn't mine and 'someone' (my partner) had used my account online to obtain loans. And no, I hadn't a clue until my wages were paid in and taken out. To say I had been through hell and back was an understatement. When my partner was sent down, I was glad. In fact, I was over the moon because little Miss trustworthy me thought the prison would sort him out. When I heard about the TC wing, I was over the moon because it sounded like a real good deal (if that's what you can call it) to back on track. How wrong I was. I watch Jeremy Kyle most days and my opinion is that the straight talking chap Jezza offers more help and support than any prison in the country! Maybe the courts should send all the offenders to him because the prisons aren't getting any positive results that's for sure! I don't know the 'success' statistics with TC wings, but having spoken to my partner about it, the one thing he did say was that the majority of prisoners failed the course. Probably because prison's are swarming with gear? Probably. Families of prisoners are fed so much bullshit by the powers that be and not one of us are offered any support by the Government. (by the way Jezza even offers family support!)
It is OK sending drug addicts to prison to teach them a lesson and coax them in to becoming drug free, but the fact of the matter is, most cells are crack dens in prison so mission failed with a big capital F. It stands to reason though because when my partner first went to prison, he shared a cell with another heroin addict who tooted his way through the night. Not a great sight for someone who wanted to conquer his habit so my partner joined him chasing the dragon. He could have said no, but the chances of that with any addict would have been very remote. Heroin is one of the most powerful substances on earth, so for anyone to even say that he should have said no needs their head testing. Strange place, cold cell, prison bars, no freedom, missing family.... sure they would say no!
When my partner used the bathroom at home and I went to use it after him, I knew he had smoked Heroin. Why? Because it smelt and it has a weird odour which is why I can't fathom out why the prison officers can't smell it. or can they and is it a case of turning a blind eye? I would like to know because as a non-user myself, I could detect that smell anywhere and bust any cell that has the shit in it! The system as many people have said is a joke. In fact, it is embarrassing beyond belief and I am not taking it that the prisons cannot get on top of the drugs issue. Basically what I am trying to say is that and pardon my French, is that the system are well and truly taking the piss out of the likes of prisoners families by helping prisoners to re-offend. Prison's are not places of rehabilitation and never will be. They need to make money don't they?
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My daughter was released from prison in September this year and shockingly wants to return to prison. She is depressed and withdrawn and told me she will commit a crime (shoplifting) just to get back inside prison. We talk and we get on and I have asked her why on earth would she want to be locked up again. She just says she's depressed and doesn't want to go back to taking drugs and that prison is the best place for her because out here there is too much temptation. My daughter is not an angel, that is why she ended up in prison in the first place after becoming addicted to drugs and committing offences to fund her drug addiction. Whether you agree with me or not, I was relieved when she was sent to prison because otherwise I am sure she would have been somewhere in the gutter by now. All the family tried to help her but we ended up broken because she would not seek help for her drug problem. We did nothing but try but failed with our attempts. I thought that prison would knock some sense in to her but how wrong was I. She wants to go back? Why on earth would anyone want to go back to prison? What in Gods name is our battered system doing to people? I thought at one point I would lose my daughter to drugs, but never did I think I would lose her to the British Justice System!!! I feel that she honestly prefers prison to her loving family home. I don't know where to turn and me and her Mum are in bits with the whole mess. What worried us the most was that our daughter said prison wasn't as bad as she thought it would be and it was a doddle inside. Surely she is kidding herself because if it isn't that bad and she wants to back there, the Government seriously need to be asking some questions ASAP!!!
Two prison officers have been slashed by an inmate armed with a razor blade, it has emerged. The HMP Manchester staff members were taken to hospital following the attack on 22 November and have since been released, the Prison Service said. Greater Manchester Police were informed about the attack by the prison and an investigation has been launched into the incident.
My name is Leigh and this will be our first Christmas together as a family for six years.
I have been a single parent for six years due to having a partner in prison. I know many don't class themselves as being a single parent in such situations, but the top and bottom of it is you are when your partner or husband/wife goes to prison. For six years, I had to explain why my daughter's Dad wasn't going to be with us at Christmas. She was 3 when he was sent to prison, and every Christmas she used to write to Santa and ask him to bring her Dad home. One year she even said she didn't want any presents and that she only wanted her Dad. My heart breaks for every child that will go through this, this year. I have been there and I have worn the t-shirt which was washed many times. I don't think the Government are the slightest bit interested in prisoners children and what effect imprisonment has on their life's. And I don't think their attitude will change on the subject either. If someone is sent to prison, then it's tough! That's fair enough, but children of prisoners didn't ask for their parent to commit a crime. Whilst my partner was in prison, I got very little sympathy from people - not that I wanted any sympathy - but even the most Christian of people weren't in the slightest bit interested in what my young daughter was going through. They didn't understand or rather refused to understand. Christmas was easier when my daughter was between the ages of 3 to 6 years old because I bought her a present from Dad and always put it under the tree. When she got older, she knew that Dad hadn't bought it her because then she began to understand the restrictions prison has. She even once asked a prison officer if he would let her Dad out for Christmas and the prison officer was stuck for words. I would have been too wouldn't you? This year her Dad is home for Christmas but many of my friends whom I have met at visitors centres will go through the same emotional stuff I went through and it isn't great I can tell you.
I wanted to share my experience on this after reading some posts on your site. If there is one thing I can advise it would be to just make Christmas as special as you can for your children. I'm sure you will but remember that you are not alone in this situation. Thanks for listening.
Too many prisoners spend daytime locked in their cells at a Cheshire prison, a report has said. Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick also said the use of strip-and-squat searching at HMP Risley was "disproportionate and inappropriate". Mr Hardwick also criticised the "lacklustre approach" to education following a recent inspection. The prison, near Warrington, is improving, but still has challenges to overcome, he said.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
I am an ex prisoner and I have been in prison a lot over the years. I am not looking for sympathy regarding that and don't wish to go in to major detail about my foolishness.
I have been out of prison for 11 months and my last stretch made me think hard about my life and how much of it I have wasted by being an idiot. But it is easier said than done for all these do-gooders who say "get a job and turn your life around." Being an ex prisoner isn't easy and finding a job with a criminal record is bloody hard work. I apply for jobs on a daily basis and haven't even had 1 interview, so maybe I am doing something wrong when it comes to my CV, I don't know, but what has angered me more than anything is the lack of help from probation. I thought they were on board to help ex prisoners? How wrong I am!!! I don't have my own lap top so I go to my sisters and use hers to apply online for jobs and she helps me as much as she can. Maybe the Government should pay her my probation officers wages and have done with it!!!!!!!!
I am emailing you because I need to get some things off my chest. Please disguise my name please.
My partner is in prison and he was moved from up north to down south. I just cannot manage financially to visit him and because I work I can't get financial support to afford the travel to see him. I'm not being funny, but I was of the impression that the Government were trying to change situations like this? There is so much promotion going on about maintaining family ties yet they do this to people like me? We have a little girl who is 4 and a boy who is 10 and they are suffering at the hands of the Government. I know my partner has done wrong, I am not and never will dispute that, but what exactly have my kids done because in my opinion the system is punishing them and it is not right. Punish my partner by all means but to sentence my kids is just disgusting. I am stressed out to the max right now with everything and giving answers to my kids is impossible. They see programmes on TV where families and children visit their mums and dads in prison and ask me why they can't visit their dad. I really have had enough.com!!!!!
Doctors and nurses found guilty of "wilful neglect" of patients could face jail, the government is proposing. Wilful neglect will be made a criminal offence under NHS changes to be unveiled next week following the Mid Staffordshire and other care scandals. The offence will be modelled on one punishable by up to five years in prison under the Mental Capacity Act. Doctors' leaders said the threat of criminal sanctions could create a climate of fear in the NHS.The government's proposals are due to be unveiled next week
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Bristol Prison was built in the late 19th Century with B and C wings added in the 1960s Continue reading the main story Related Stories Inmates 'abused by prison staff' Drug help improves at HMP Bristol Inmates' working hours increased Low staffing levels at Bristol Prison are having a "detrimental impact" on prisoners and on staff morale, according to a prison watchdog report. The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said it had safety concerns for staff and inmates due to a lack of officers. The jail holds more than 600 male adults, both convicted and on remand, and is located in Horfield. A prison service spokesman said they had "increased staffing levels" and "prisoners' needs were being met". The report acknowledged the "continuing requirement to make financial savings" was "a challenge" for HMP Bristol's governor. But it said the reduced number of prison officers at certain times on some wings made both inmates and staff "feel unsafe".
Dear Editor. I have been reading your site and the posts about youth offenders. My son is in a secure unit due to mental health issues. Before that, he was in a young offenders institute and before that he was passed from pillar to post via probation, other agencies and the courts because no one had a clue what to do with him. It was as though the system didn't have the slightest clue how to deal with someone with mental health problems, which he has and has suffered with since the age of 10. I won't go in to the whys and what's but to cut a long story short, I knew he had mental health problems but actually finding support and someone to talk to about my son's behaviour was like finding a needle in a haystack. After all we have been through and my son being shipped out to young offenders institutes all over the UK, the system has FINALLY decided that he needs professional help. But the time it has taken them to pull their fingers out and finally realise that my son is ill is disgusting. I wonder how many other families have to go through this? The stress out family has been through is unbelievable. The Government claim there is help out here for these sort of issues but I can tell you now that there is not. Someone with mental health problems is bounced from pillar to post until finally they admit that there IS a problem!!!! I would like to remain anonymous and I give you permission to post my email. Thanks all.
Monday, 11 November 2013
Hi. I have just read the post about someones son who has recently been released from prison and not doing too well by all accounts. I am writing in to you to tell his parents that they are not on their own. My son came out of prison with more attitude than when he went to prison and a bad attitude at that. He too became involved with a prison gang and even went on visits to see them after he was released 12 months down the line. He stupidly took in some drugs that the gang asked him to do and back to prison my son went! That's how clever he thought he was but I do blame the system as well. Like the other poster on your blog, the Judge and the probation reports thought my boy was better off inside. He was shoplifting every day and had numerous orders, community service, you name it, and because he did not comply to these orders, prison it was for him. Call me naive but I honestly and stupidly thought that prison might just be what he needed to sort himself out and that once he went there, he wouldn't want to go back, but it wasn't the case. He shared a cell with someone with a drug addiction and became addicted to drugs himself in prison. Yes he smoked Cannabis in the free world, but never Heroin. He never stole a thing from our home or from my purse. He joined a gang in prison who told him that Heroin would make him forget the prison bars. Once he was hooked, that was when the phone calls started asking me for money and asking me to send money to someone in the free world who I didn't know from adam. I bought him new trainers which he traded in for drugs and he sold his console that his Dad bought him. In fact, his prison sentence was worse than having him at home and how bad does that sound? He is back in prison now and I don't visit him because he is still using drugs and asking family for money. I am trying the tough-love thing because I don't know what else to do. I have tried helping him emotionally and financially but it didn't work, in fact it made me ill, so that isn't constructive whatsoever! I am his Mum and I feel guilty having give him up as a lost cause but I have to try everything in my power to get my son back without the Heroin and attitude. Probation do nothing, they are a complete lost cause, so it falls on the families backs every time in my opinion. One thing I would love to ask the prison service is this - how the hell can you 'rehabilitate' offenders when your prisons are swimming in drugs? How can prisoners be rehabilitated when they are sat in their cells smoking Heroin? I doubt I would get an answer but if any one from the prison service does read my post then at least I have asked the question indirectly. You start to think as a parent where you have gone wrong, but as much as I tried pulling my son away from the bad crowd, he fell in to it more and more. I couldn't do right from doing wrong and here I am banging my head against a wall with my son locked up in prison smoking shit (pardon my language) every night getting himself in to even more mess only to be released back to his family who then has to pick up the pieces again. What to do? Because I do not know anymore. Thanks too for highlighting this situation. Please don't publish my name. Thanks all.
My little girl is 7 and she is getting all upset about her Dad not being here this Christmas. Her Dad is in prison and this will be their first Christmas apart since she was born.
I will try and make sure she has a brilliant Christmas but she doesn't want to talk about what presents she wants or anything. She usually loves Christmas but does not seem interested at all. She didn't even want to go to the town's light switch-on the other night which is really unusual for her because she loves it. I know there will be other children going through this and it's really hard a parent to deal with, but I just wanted to share my problem with your other readers just to let someone somewhere know that they are not alone when it comes to things like this.
Hi. My son has just spent 18 months in a YOI ( young offenders institute ) and has now been home for just 9 weeks. Prison has not been constructive at all and he thinks he is some kind of gangster. He made 'new' friends in prison and has stayed in touch with them. They are a worse crowd than the pals he hung around with before he went to prison! What's all this rubbish about prison rehabilitating people? He was supposed to have been sent to prison to be rehabilitated according to the Judge and the Probation Service? My son is still on probation but that is a complete waste of time too! I am now at my wits end with him bringing trouble to my door and thought I would never say this but I am seriously considering kicking him out. I have tried and tried and tried to support him and talk sense in to him but as I said, since he has been in prison, he has gotten worse. Anonymous.
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Dear Prisoners Families Voices. I have often thought about prison and maintaining family ties. Whilst I give a big hat tip to those who campaign for such issues, I cannot help thinking that prisoners and their families are a no-go area. What I mean is, in examples such as mine, my husband is in a prison three and a half hours away from home. I work full time so therefore I see little of him because of my work commitments and the lengthy travel that visiting him brings.
We have two children aged 10 and 13. They miss out seeing their Dad too, but I have to work to provide for them and that is the way it goes. We will visit next during December (Xmas time) and this will be the first visit since September when we saw him last. Grayling stated that he wanted prisoners based nearer to home in order for families like mine to benefit. I have heard nothing of the reform as yet and whilst I can cope with not seeing him, my children are finding the separation difficult. If anything, the Government need to open their eyes and put children of prisoners first. But as per usual, they are simply not interested. With regards, Wife of serving prisoner.
Saturday, 2 November 2013
Up to 180 inmates, including many foreign nationals, are rioting at Maidstone Prison, said the Prison Officers Association. Officers from special prison service riot units, known as the tornado team, across the country have been called in, said the trade union. A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Justice said: "I can confirm there is an ongoing incident involving a number of prisoners and national resources have been deployed. It is confined to one wing."Prison Officers Association, Vice Chair, Ralph Valerio, told Sky News negotiators are at the scene in Kent trying to contain the riot in which inmates are smashing up the wing.He said between 160 to 180 foreigners are involved and some staff could have been assaulted but have now retreated to safety.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Legal and broadcasting history will be made tomorrow when cameras are allowed to film inside the Royal Courts of Justice for the first time. Permission has been granted to show civil and criminal cases at the Court of Appeal, although there are heavy restrictions on what can be filmed. Cameras have been banned from courts in England and Wales since 1925. The rules in Scottish courts are different and earlier this year cameras were allowed to film a murder trial - but only with the permission of all the participants, including the defendant.Sky News and other broadcasters have been campaigning for a decade for cameras to be allowed to show all trials.
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Monday, 21 October 2013
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Dear Prisoners Families Voices. I found your site through Inside Time and have recently been released from prison. I was addicted to Heroin and I worked the streets to fund my drug habit. I was sent to prison for theft but would rather not go in to any further detail as I am ashamed of what I did. I am now clean and I am trying to sort my life out. I am having so much trouble and bad luck trying to find a job. I live in a small close knit community and everyone knows about my past. I have applied for jobs at local factories and have always been shown the door because everyone knows of me. I left school with a long list of qualifications and did very well at college. I screwed up when my boyfriend was killed in a car accident. I began drinking and fell in with a group of people who took drugs. I started taking them too the fool I was. There is no excuse for my actions and I don't need anyone preaching to me about it. But trying to get someone, or anyone, to give me a chance is almost impossible at the moment. Everyone sees me as the druggie and the prostitute and they refuse to let me forget it. Staying clean in prison is tough because I don't need to remind everyone that there is more shit flying around in those places than there is out here in the free world. But I stayed clean because I was determined to start afresh. My Mum has been a rock and supports me endlessly. But I just need that chance and trying to find it out here is like finding a needle in a haystack. I don't want any of your blog followers to feel sorry for me, I'm not writing this for that reason at all. I am writing this because I want to tell people how hard it actually is when you are released from prison wanting to start again. I intend to start again on the right path, but people are still making me walk on the road. I will soldier on with hope that if I continue to prove myself, someone will eventually let me walk on the same path as them. Thank you for listening to me. Yours Sincerely, B.
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Hi PFV.. I was visiting a prison last week and thought I would write to you.. I was handing in some clothes for my partner and a woman behind me was handing in a 6ft Christmas Tree!!! I did tell her that the prison wouldn't allow it but she took no notice and tried to hand it over to the property desk!!! Love and hugs Shelley.
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06.40am – Well last night AC Milan beat Celtic 2-0 which will keep my son Gianni happy. On a serious note yesterday my friend of more than 35 years Antonello was taken to hospital with a heart attack. He is unconscious so let’s see what happens. I had the task of telling the family in Italy – at least such awful news came from a family friend and not from strangers. I saw Sarah Hall yesterday and hope she can notify the Courts and set him free. I hope but in this country I have witnessed five men in wheelchairs – two with amputations – refused bail because of fear of flight Grrrrrrrrr!!!!! 11.46am – Well it would seem that Antonello is ‘on the mend.’ Thank heavens. The important thing is that my friend is OK all else is irrelevant. Am getting a little tired and feel a cold coming along which is damned inconvenient but must do best I can.
Sunday, 20 October 2013
I am emailing you about a post I read called, 'prison is not a safer place for addicts.' (above link)
I am appalled at how the Prison Service still cannot get a grip with drugs that enter their establishments. My son (and I am certainly not proud of what I am about to tell you) has been in prison four times for drug related offences. Each time, the Magistrate sends him down because prison is 'the best place' to get help with his problem. Well it isn't because he seems to use more drugs. Fair enough, it is up to him to get off them, but locked up with a drug user 23 hours a day cannot possibly do him any good when he is sharing a cell with someone using drugs just a stones throw away from him. That is like making an alcoholic live in a pub!
I visit my son along with his partner and we can tell when he's been using. We tell him we know he's been using because his eyes tell the story. How is this helping prisoners families when we are having it drummed in to us that maintaining family ties helps with a prisoners rehabilitation? How can we possibly do it when the Prison Service cannot even get a grip on their prison's? Yours Faithfully, Jean.
Sky News has learned that increasing numbers of British inmates are being bullied into converting to Islam while in jail. The Prison Officers Association says it is symptomatic of the growing power and influence of Muslim gangs in prison. However, there are also concerns that some of those converts could be radicalised by more extremist elements in prison. Sky News spoke to one young woman who said her brother was being bullied by members of a Muslim gang, who were trying to force him into converting to Islam. The woman did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals against her brother, who is serving a sentence in excess of 10 years in a high security prison in England. She said: "He just looks like a broken man ... he's tearful on visits. I'm just really scared for him."She also claimed the bullying had taken a more violent turn: "He's been physically assaulted. He's had black eyes.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Monday, 14 October 2013
His photo and name was printed in our local newspaper last week and because of this no one will talk to my son at school. They chant at him saying his Dad is a rapist among other terrible things.
My son has started to wet the bed and the other day he ran out of school and turned up home a few hours later. He won't tell me or his teachers (who are very understanding) were he went. I have been split up from his Dad for three years now, but my son always looked up to him and put him on a pedestal. This has turned his world (and mine) upside down. God only knows who we can turn to because I am finding things difficult right now.
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A report in to the closure of one of Suffolk's prisons is likely to remain confidential, the local MP said. Last month, the government announced HMP Blundeston, near Lowestoft, will close by the end of the year as part of national prison reorganisation. Peter Aldous, Conservative MP for Waveney, said he wanted the report evaluating the prison made public, but was told that would not happen.The Prison Service said the decision was made after a "thorough assessment".
Friday, 11 October 2013
06.41am – Good morning…Good morning! Well Syria has 1610 tons of sarin and 720 tons of other chemicals all sold to Damascus by the UK/US and France! No wonder they are the three countries that wanted to attack the country! But now things are on hold – for a while. Yesterday ‘Kevin Webster” of Coronation Street was acquitted of sex charges. I am totally against these kind of historic allegations as there really is no real evidence to substantiate or refute sexual crimes. I would like to see a statute of limitations on such offences. Today is the 30th anniversary of discovery of HIV! Interesting!
DINNER: Sausage roll and desert ice cream
Dear Sir or Madam. I read the post called, Prison is not a safe place, on your blog and would like to comment. My son is in prison and has not stopped using drugs! He rings me and all he asks for is money from me. I have found out also that he is ringing his Gran and Sister for money too and has sent a letter to my sister asking for money. If this is what the courts call punishment then it really is pathetic! My son isn't getting rehabilitated, he's just getting high off his head everyday in HMP! Yours Faithfully Pegs.
A MAN who was told by “doom merchants” that he would never make anything of his life is busy writing his second book. Farnworth-born Billy Isherwood, aged 62, was back in town to give a guest presentation to an audience at Bolton Library on how he managed to turn his life around.His experiences are told in his first book, Dead Man Running, with a second planned next year entitled Aftermath, which will bring his readers up to date.