Just reported locally that some prisoners have refused to return to their cells at HMP Nottingham. No inmates or staff hurt according to prison spokesman.
Was at Shrewsbury prison when same thing happened there on a large scale just after the major prison riots around
At Shrewsbury hot summers day and approx 60% of men refused to leave exercise yard. Immediate panic measures introduced. All Rule 43 inmates (vulnerable prisoners) taken by coach and under police escort to cells under Shrewsbury Crown Court for safety. At the same time mufti squads from region sent in to manage the situation.All ended peacfully, men came in in dribs and drabs leaving ringleaders on yard. They wre soon rounded up, shepherded insideand immediatly transferred to prisons in various parts of the country. No staff or inmates injured and no damage done.


Just thinking about the new book and realised how many lifers, all convicted murderers I have chatted with. It’s hard to know where to start. A few common traits to all of them though, should be a worthwhile read once I get it together. I think lifers is one of the areas where prison does have benefits but only as I’ve mentioned in any earlier blog insofar as society at large are protected from any danger which might be present if the killer remained in society.


Starting work this week on a new book about Lifers I have met, what they are like as people, how prison has effected them, all my own observations of course. From a serial killer of young children through to a guy who killed a bookmaker during a robbery, another guy who killed a teenager
in a street brawl and several others, all of who I have had the opportunity of chatting to whilst a guest in one of HM’s prisons.

Does Prison work (BBC Radio Derby)

Radio Derby today discussed whether prison works. Not a simple question but the simple answer is no. Imprisonment has just one benefit and that is that whilst an offnder is actually in custody society in general is given protecion from re offending and any related dangers. Prison does not deter, and it definitely does not rehabilitate.

The Book

Life of Sentences is my autobiography which talks of my early life but inevitably describes my various times as a guest in one or another of her majesty’s prisons. Features a totally new look at pridon life in the latter part of the twentieth century and tells of periods in prisons in Lincoln, Durham, Stafford, Ashwell, Featherstone and Sudbury.  Not a sad story, some great memories and some amusing anecdotes.  Due for publication later this year, watch this space for details. Contracts all signed just waiting now. Look for regular progress reports.


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