Thursday, 6 March 2014
And here, we have a mixture of humor and tact, an escape which would make you smile. It was a fraud case for which Max Friedners’ was imprisoned. This German prisoner, was only 28 years old and was serving his detention at the highly secured prison facility in Darmstadt. Max had managed to escape by hiding himself in a cardboard box and posting himself to independence!! As funny as it sounds, but the officials confirm this by stating that although it was not the first time this was done, but a second attempt by a prisoner to have set himself free using the mail system.
JUSTICE secretary Chris Grayling has issued a stark reality check to barristers and solicitors preparing to strike tomorrow over legal aid cuts — “your action will not make a difference”. The Conservative cabinet minister has been in Bolton tonight attending an event with local councillors and the party’s Bolton West candidate for the 2015 general election, Chris Green.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Spencer’s mediums include clay, plaster, cement and bronze. In 1989 he began to experiment with bas relief sculpture in the brick medium that allowed him to use his experience in painting, drawing and sculpture. Spencer would carve unfired clay brick material in his Reidsville studio, then deconstruct the sculpture, brick by brick and have it fired. He would then reconstruct the sculpture using the fired bricks with mortar at the site of installation. He likes to involve the public when he reconstructs his work, even allowing onlookers to set a brick or two.
Hi there. I have been reading some of the posts on your site about HMP BRONZEFIELD. I have had a few issues whilst visiting myself with certain prison officers and it is not on. I am scowled at and spoken to like a piece of **** and I am not the one locked up so God only knows how they treat the prisoners! Fair enough people are in there because they have broken the law, but a message here to the prison officers who think they can treat us like **** is this: Without the prisoners, you lot wouldn't have a bloody job so think on! From Anonymous via email.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Hi!!!! Just seen a post about HMP Bronzefield on your Twitter feed! Why doesn't the threats of some of the jumped up screws not surprise me!!!! My partner was in this nick and I got nothing but hassle from a selected few who think they are a cut above. Well they aren't and they are just bullies who do a very very poor job at being a prison officer. Let me tell you though, I did complain high up and mentioned this when I penned to the prison Governor just in case my partner got the brunt of it, but I didn't take any crap from the prison who denied it of course as they always do!!!! Makes me mad!!!!! Love LOU LOU xx
hi my partner is currantly serving in hmp bronzefield. i have had many visits and majority have been ok, on a visit about 2 weeks ago a prison warden made my visit unbareable to the fact i left as my partner was told not to say hello to another inmate an spoken to like crap! absolutely gutted an reduced to tears i no longer feel comfortable visiting knowing this officer may be on visits, a few others complained but i have had no call back or appology. keeping the officers name quite as other officers said if i complained it wouldn look good for my partner an will effect future visits. is that a threat? any advise would be appreciated.
PFV COMMENT: OK, so this prison is at it again! Time to send off another email. For everyone's information, this prison appears to be one of the most complained about and we often get these types of emails from our readers. Watch this space!
Monday, 3 March 2014
Stamps will continue to rise and money is getting tighter for many of us. fortunately for some of us, we are able to use online services in order to stay in touch with our loved ones in prison. I completely agree with Sarah (above post ) concerning those who are not computer literate or don't even own a computer how hard it must be for them when their are changes in price. My own Mother writes to my brother in prison whereas I use the emailaprisoner system which is great. In my opinion, campaigners are still not recognizing the impact of imprisonment for the elderly people in our society. I get a bit sick and tired of hearing stories about how much someone is missing their loved one in prison. It's an obvious emotion and I miss my brother also. Once they are in prison there is nothing we can do other than to support them if that is what we want to do. The level of support for the likes of my pensioner Mother is dire and I am yet to hear about some sort of campaign about it. It seems your site is really the only place where things like this are mentioned so a big hat tip to you! Thanks folks!
So stamps may rise to a pound each! Thank God for Emailaprisoner then! I use the service all the time but what we must not forget is prisoners families who do not have computer access such as the elderly to have to use the British postal system in order to stay in touch with their loved ones. If this happens then a book of 6 first class stamps will cost £6.00! It will cost families £6.00 to send their loved ones stamps to use in order to stay in touch so yes, the price will affect some families significantly! A disgrace!
A FORMER prisoner burgled the shop where he worked, stealing £4,000 of goods including watches and mobile phones belonging to customers.
Dear PFV. I have forwarded you this story and it makes my blood boil. Examples as such give ex offenders a really bad name and the more we read these stories, the more employers will refuse to give anyone a bloody chance! Regards, Sarah.
Saturday, 1 March 2014
First class stamps could soon cost £1 each, according to a new campaign group that opposes Royal Mail privatisation. Save Our Royal Mail (SORM), set up by groups representing the countryside, the elderly, small firms and the blind, has urged the Government not to "rush headlong" into a sell-off. It fears a spiralling of prices if stamps are no longer regulated and became eligible for VAT.
What do you think? How will this affect you with a loved one in prison? And how will this affect prisoners?
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Posted by ADMIN at Saturday, March 01, 2014
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Two police officers are being investigated after an f-word rant was unintentionally recorded on the voicemail of victim Alex Faragher from Sutton ColdfieldTwo police officers are being investigated after a conversation in which they call a suspected domestic violence victim a “f****** slag” and a “bitch” was unintentionally recorded on her voicemail.
Posted by ADMIN at Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Monday, 17 February 2014
Hi all. My man has been looking for work for over 9 months after his release from prison. A word of warning to those who think it is easier to apply for factory work. My man applied to one factory company who packs electrical goods. He got through his interview, was offered the job but on his induction day, he was told along with other new starters that they had to go through a CRB check. Straight away my man had to tell the bosses about his robbery offence and they thanked him for being honest. However, after that day they never rang him back with a start date and he has heard nothing from them since. So it just doesn't have to be certain jobs that require CRB checks, even some factories are now carrying them out. Regards Suzanne.
Posted by ADMIN at Monday, February 17, 2014
Thursday, 13 February 2014
The Prison Rules 1999 came into force ironically on April Fools’ Day. It was however, far from foolish to proclaim in Part II:- ‘The purpose of the training and treatment of convicted prisoners shall be to encourage and assist them to lead a good and useful life.’ That use of the phase ‘useful life’ is not, cannot and must not be limited to post release. It must include also the life whilst one is awaiting release. In many ways the life awaiting release is the content of a sandwich! It’s found in the middle between two pieces of bread. If you are lucky you may even find the bread has been buttered. It was Winston Churchill who inspired, and promoted, the European convention of Human Rights notwithstanding that Britain did not introduce legislation to compliment the Charter until 1998. The Human Rights Act 1998 is a statute and as such must be adhered to by those who administer the law.
Posted by ADMIN at Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Well folks, it’s that time again. Valentine’s Day is upon us and no doubt some very lucky ladies will be receiving rings on February 14th. My other half has been saving up to buy me a ring, but putting away 25p a week out of his cleaning job wages is taking its toll on his canteen. I wouldn’t want him to go without his Mars Bars, so I told him to forget it. It’s looking like the only ring I am ever likely to have is the one up my clacker. Praise the Lord for the coil! Well at least I don’t feel left out, plus it’s the only ring I’m never asked to take off during a search when I visit him in the clink! I’ve never really had a normal Valentine’s Day. My mates have had flowers, perfume, clothes and jewellery. I’ve had a matchstick spectacle case, a matchstick antidepressant holder, and a matchstick pen holder. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful, but it’s the not the same really is it. I’m not sure what he’s made me this year to add to my collection, but whatever it is, you can be sure I will treasure it. I’m going back some years now, but there was one occasion when we did have a ‘normal’ Valentine’s Day. He decided to abscond from HMP Kirkham and made me a romantic meal over at his Mum’s house. He cooked me fish fingers, Alphabet Potato Shapes, and Beans, and stuck a match in a dollop of blue-tack (those bloody matchsticks again!) because obviously he didn’t have time to go and buy steak and scented candles whilst crouched down in the bog on the Blackpool North to Bolton, Pennine Express train. He said he had to hide in the loo because he was petrified that someone would recognise him in the carriage. His mug shot appeared in the local rag in 1986, so unless the Prison Service give out free Botox, veneers, and supply inmates with regular bottles of Grecian 2000, he needn’t have worried. It’s a bit concerning though isn’t it. It was 2001 at the time so if he thought he still looked the same 15 years on then our first bedroom encounter when he gets out is going to be horrendous for me! The only thing I can think of is to tell him that I’d been extremely foolish having a tattoo of the London Underground Tube Station on my belly. It would take too long to explain to him what stretch marks are, so that’s my only option really! Honestly! Anyway, back to the romantic absconding Valentine’s meal over at his Mother’s. He tried his best under the circumstances and I like Fish fingers so it was a thumb’s up for me. What did surprise me the most was the gift he gave to me. “What did he get you?” His Mum asked. “He bought me a bag and a belt Mother.” I replied. “That’s lovely!” She whispered. “Well at least the hoover will work properly now!” I mumbled back! What’s the famous saying? It’s the thought that counts? Obviously I didn’t buy him anything because I didn’t know he was going to jockey over the CAT D wall and come home so I slipped a fiver in his Valentine’s card so he could get a taxi to the Police Station when he handed himself in. He wasn’t happy with that idea whatsoever because he said he may as well make use of the free public transport on offer, so he rang the Police, booked one of their vans and asked them to pick him up. He gave me the fiver back and told me to put it towards a postal order and a book of stamps for him when he gets back to the clink! Who said romance was dead? Bloody cremated more like!
Prison Widow UK
Monday, 10 February 2014
Kosal Khiev was born in a Thai refugee camp after his parents fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. He grew up in the US after being granted asylum, and had joined a gang by the age of 13. At 16, Khiev was involved in a shoot-out in which two people were shot and injured. As a result, he was convicted of attempted murder and spent the next 14 years in jail. On his release, he was deported to Cambodia, where he now lives. Khiev discovered poetry in prison, and credits it with turning his life around.Video journalist: Helier CheungPerformance footage from "Cambodian Son" documentary by Masahiro Sugano; courtesy of Studio RevoltPhotos courtesy of Khiev family and Vinh Dao
Although he was a Brahmin – an upper class Hindu – destined for a successful career as a chef, Narayanan decided to give it all up and dedicate his life to helping those who couldn’t help themselves. Shaken by the scene he has witnessed in Madurai, he quit his job within a week, convinced his destiny wasn’t to cook elaborate dishes for the rich and famous, but provide sustenance to those who needed it most. ‘That night I thought, what am I doing? I am selling a plate of fried rice for ten dollars in my hotel where people come and have food for fantasy, fun, joy and recreation. Not for hunger. They eat only half portion of it and leave half of in the plate. It was a spark, a very powerful spark that I had,’ the young chef said about the event that made him what he is today.
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Saturday, 8 February 2014
I am a Mum and my son is in prison. He has no idea how much I am struggling both emotionally and financially. He is demanding money from me and demanding clothes and trainers. I think he is being bullied in prison because I visited him last week and he wasn't wearing the trainers I bought him nearly 5 weeks ago. I asked him where they were and he said that the prison hasn't given them him yet which I find hard to believe 5 weeks down the line. He got in with the wrong crowd but I am not making excuses because he has his own mind but even so, he was a good lad and a shy one that's why I think he is being bullied because he isn't a strong lad. The money I have been sending him obviously hasn't been spent on phone credit because I haven't heard from him for 4 days but did get a letter off him the other day. I just don't know what to do because I know the prison won't talk to me and give me any information. At my wits end!!!!
This thin film of elastic gadgetry is essentially a temporary tattoo — you know, kind of like those lick-and-peel numbers you used to find in bubblegum wrappers as a kid. Those temporary tattoos were glue-and-ink transfers. Epidermal electronic systems, on the other hand, adhere to skin in a different way. They conform to the skin’s texture, sticking firmly in place for a matter of days. But an electronic tattoo looks less like a fire-breathing dragon and more like a thin circuitry-filled sticker. Also, it doesn’t help convince your classmates that you joined a Chinese street gang over the summer. No, instead it reads your vital signs — eavesdrops on the language of your internal systems and whispers that data to the physicians who prolong your life.
Hundreds of barristers, solicitors and law students are due to meet to discuss opposition to proposed legal aid cuts. Legal professionals who say the plans represent a "grave threat" to justice and will come together at a protest event at Lincoln's Inn in London. They say cuts are "unnecessary" and a "false economy". The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) says it is vital to cut the legal aid scheme, which it says will be "very generous" even after the changes. The meeting has been organised by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales. It fears the government's proposals will hit vulnerable people who are in need of legal representation. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote The greatest victims would be the public interest and the society which we seek to serve” Nicholas Lavender QC Chairman of the Bar Nicholas Lavender QC, chairman of the Bar Council, said: "This is a vital opportunity to demonstrate that the whole profession stands together in support of the rule of law and access to justice.
My husband was released from prison approx 14 months ago. Since then, we have done nothing but argue.
We have been together for 12 years and got on like an house on fire before he was sentenced to prison.
I did have support whilst he was in prison but what I have found is that once someone is released, that support stops. It is evident that we have both changed. I got used to being miss independent and my husband has gone from being a bubbly individual to a withdrawn one. Speaking truthfully, our marriage is breaking down. How can people in general whistle on about maintaining family ties when a loved one is in prison? That's all well and good, but the problems really begin when a loved one comes home because in all honesty, we really do not know what to expect do we?
Posted by ADMIN at Saturday, February 08, 2014
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Police investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials have arrested a former prison officer. The 66-year-old man was held in Buckinghamshire on suspicion of misconduct in public office. He was questioned at a police station in the Thames Valley before being released on bail until May. He is the 84th person to be arrested in Operation Elveden, the Met Police inquiry into claims journalists paid officials and police for information. Operation Elveden is being run alongside two other Metropolitan Police inquiries. Operation Weeting is examining allegations of phone hacking while Operation Tuleta is looking at claims of computer hacking and other privacy breaches.
Monday, 3 February 2014
State schools should operate 10-hour days to boost standards so they are indistinguishable from private schools, the Education Secretary has said. Children should also sit private school-style Common Entrance exams at the age of 13 to make sure that they are "on track for later success". Delivering a keynote speech at the London Academy of Excellence, Michael Gove said he wanted the country's schools to be among the best in the world and that the "Berlin Wall" between state and private schools must be torn down. He also said teachers should be willing to use disciplinary measures such as detentions, line-writing and litter-picking to combat poor behaviour. Hailing the achievements of academies and free schools, which are already able to run longer school days, Mr Gove said he would be providing resources to allow all state schools to extend the day.
Easier said than done!
07.09am – Good night’s sleep. Today will see the Immigration Officers and Karen Todner on video link. Have few things to discuss. Strangely enough the weather has turned for the better and even the sun came out yesterday. LUNCH: NOTHING DINNER: Braded fish and rice pudding 19.30pm – Today has been a good day. The Immigration has started as soon as Italy sends the decision. I will go to Italy. That satisfies me! Spoke to Karen Todner on video link. How nice to hear her and what a professional lawyer. Its great talking to an English Lawyer who actually knows the law! Spoke to Antonello. He thanked me! Good day…Can feel Italy!
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Dear Editor (Prisoners Families Voices)
Hi and hope you are all well. My Wife often sent me print outs of your site whilst I was in prison and I thoroughly enjoyed its content. I am now home with my family after serving a long term sentence in prison. If I may, I would like to comment on some of the issues raised on your site, mainly being rehabilitation and employment. To begin with, Prison do not know the correct meaning of rehabilitation. Neither do they understand how important it is for prisoners and families to strengthen ties. Many Government bodies drone on about it, but fail to recognise it. When I was first sentenced, my Wife gave birth whilst I was inside. The Prison decided it was a great idea to ship me out hours away from home hence making it virtually impossible for my Wife to bring our child to see me. Of course it was my fault for being in prison in the first place, but our child wasn't born a criminal and did not ask for this to happen. Whenever I hear or read about maintaining family relationships, I laugh, because it is the biggest load of rubbish spoken. Secondly, I would like to comment on the employment issue. Prison think that sending inmates on courses rehabilitates them. Ask to see your inside Probation Officer for some support and see how far you get. You either have to wait weeks or they have conveniently forgot about you. That is how it is, or at least it was where I was housed. Rehabilitation does not exist in prison, it is a fabricated word. Why would the System lock up criminals and rehabilitate them to lose money? Cell beds with no bodies in them do not make money. Prison Officers who frown upon those they lock up would not be employed if it wasn't for criminals. Maybe they should hug us and give us a pat on the back considering we are paying their bills! The truth is, Prison does not prepare you for employment. They would rather have you back on the wing than paying the tax man. However, I have no intentions of 'working for HMP again' making them money. I have completed my CV. I have filled in those blank spaces and I have a few interviews in the pipeline. Like thousands of other people in the UK, I am fighting for a job and I cannot afford to leave my CV blank. Call it deceitful or whatever you want to call it, I really couldn't care less. Ask your local MP's if honesty exists in our country today. One person said to me the other day, " There are jobs out there if you look hard enough." I tend to agree if you aren't fussy how you make a living, therefore I will get one of these jobs and edge my bets with a glowing CV in order to obtain one. My Wife supported me throughout my sentence and the system made it very difficult for her to do that. Now it's my turn to give something back and if I have to scribble a fairy tale on a CV to do it, then so be it. Thanks for providing a superb platform for prisoners and their families. You have one of the best around!
Kind Regards, Mr Mister.
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Britain’s most tattooed man is having trouble getting a passport after changing his name to ‘King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite’. The 34-year-old, previously known as Mathew Whelan, was surprised when his passport renewal was rejected on the grounds his new name was not appropriate. ‘This is a breach of my human rights,’ he said. ’They want to put my birth name on my passport. But that is not my name any more.’ The Passport Office denied the application by Body Art (his short name), despite the fact his unusual title already appears on his driving licence. The government agency told the Daily Mirror that a policy section regarding ‘strings of words or phrases’ meant his name was not permissible. Mr Art has spent nearly £30,000 covering most of his bodies in tattoos and was hoping to work overseas when he received his new passport.He has now complained and is waiting for a response.
EX OFFENDERS AND CV'S
RE: REPLY TO THE ABOVE LINK
Hello. I am replying the post bout ex offenders and CV's. I am an ex offender/prisoner and I have been through the mill and back concerning employment. Prison likes to thrust rehabilitation down your neck, but what they don't focus on is people like myself who at the age of 13 to 30, spent most of my life locked up. Ask any support worker and rehabilitation worker what to put on your CV and they avoid the subject like the plague. You might not like or agree with what I am going to say next but the only chance I had of getting a job and getting myself on the right track was tell fibs on my CV. I know it's wrong and all that, but in this day and age, even straight headed law abiding citizens glam up their CV's to get a job. It's desperate times and you only have to watch the likes of Benefit Street on Channel 4 to get the picture. If I stood in a line with 40 law abiding citizens who have a history of employment, I wouldn't even get a look in with a job interview if I was completely honest about my past convictions. I have never applied for any work that involves a CRB check because that would be just plain silly when all said and done. Probation managed to get me on a fork-lift course and I worked hard to accomplish going straight and getting on to the employment ladder. The list of courses I did in prison came in handy for my CV but my employment history was blank with a capital B. No employer on this earth would not ask you why you haven't worked in an interview. So you tell me how ex offenders get around that because I do not know anyone or any organisation that can give me an answer - comments welcome by the way if there are professionals with an answer. Do I invent work history or do I live on benefits for the rest of my life? I am in employment now and I work as a fork lift truck driver for a large warehouse company. I am doing well and I love the straight life although stressful at times because I am now living in the real world. But I am enjoying it. So, I will ask the question again, are there any professionals that can answer my question as regards to a blank work history on a CV? Like I said, it's either benefits or employment and I wanted the latter. Regards SB.
Thanks to Stu for helping the above poster with his letter to us.The person gave his permission for it to be edited.