Breathe deep, let it go and keep smiling.  

Ex-convict, graduate, Guardian reading,  married father of two small children, marathon running, middle class, middle age business man caught on the wrong side of legislation.

Telling stories on the bizarre, funny and mundane that is life in an HMP.

Cooked in a kettle, eaten out of plastic tub, showered in flip flops, slept with strangers, laughed with drug dealers and Screws, press ups in a cell, possessions in a bin bag and heard the door bang shut.

Shocked at the use of drugs in prison:

time for a drugs policy reform?

Shocked by the wasteful processes within jails. There are lots of good people working in jails in the U.K. who seemed hampered by the crazy systems that exist:

time for a prison reform?

Shocked by how high reoffending rates are in the UK from jails. Other countries are doing much, much better.

This system is doing more harm than good?

Completed a Restorative Justice course which really altered my view of myself and the process I was locked up in.

When all the hubbub of modern life is stripped back by the prison experience one can reflect on what is really important: family and friends.

Good things can happen in prisons.

 

 ” It’s my belief that history is a wheel. “Inconsistency is my very essence” -says the wheel- “Rise up on my spokes if you like, but don’t complain when you are cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it is also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away”.

Boethius