DJ slams ‘witch hunt’ historic sex crime accusations

DJ slams ‘witch hunt’ historic sex crime accusations

False accuser victims Paul Gambaccini, pop icon Sir Cliff Richard and former Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans join forces to call for law change in HSA cases No false accuser prosecuted Accused: ‘guilty until proven innocent’ Taxpayer millions wasted For over four decades American broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has entertained listeners and viewers across the broadcasting spectrum of Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, Classic FM, TVAM and GMTV as well as numerous documentaries on a multitude of channels. Nicknamed ‘Gambo’ from his student days and known as the More...

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Stalking: murder in slow motion

Stalking murder

Patron Lady Edwina Grosvenor reports on Paladin, the nationalstalking advocacy service I just remember being confused. Very confused. “So, what you are telling me, officer, More...

‘Illegal’ highs

‘Illegal’ highs

One prisoner explains the new Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 On the 26th of May 2016, a new law called the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, came into force. This means that More...

Life enhancing opportunities

Life enhancing opportunities

The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique organisation which provides, by way of numerous U3A groups throughout the UK, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities More...

Born into the wrong sex

Born into the wrong sex

What does that mean? How does it feel? What does it take to cope? HMP Parc prisoner Ruby offers a unique insight into this complicated and too often misunderstood human experience More...

A letter to my fifteen year-old self…

What would you say if you were to write a letter to your fifteen year-old self? Inside Time’s commissioning editor Noel Smith writes his boyhood persona some tough love ” More...

And what of the future…

A W O T F

Does Brexit herald the dark ages for prisons As an individual who has spent all his adult life in prison and now within the More...

Tales of Wisdom

Tales of Wisdom

Our man on the inside tells it like it is Who gives you wisdom? There was once a young man keen to become wise More...

Trapped in my mind

It is Saturday evening and I have spent the whole day in my cell with the exception of collecting meds and meals. It is not that I have been locked up, my door is unlocked at 7.30...

Revealing all to strangers

Firstly, in response to ‘Benjamin’ at HMP Holme House (July issue), why is revealing our names so important to you? You have no business knowing who we are, and for some topics that we write about there...

Mediocrity of management

I was sentenced in January for a ‘white collar’ crime. I am 47 years old and this is my first time in prison. I spent 9 months here before sentencing and I have been categorised as a...

Prison slavery

It stops now! Forced labour is slavery, no matter how the prison authorities try to word it and it is illegal. You are by law, sentenced to a term of imprisonment, which means we are locked away...

Charged with murder by fax

Jonathan King is right about how British ‘justice’ works (or doesn’t), especially if you are already a serving prisoner. I am a serving prisoner who has already served 19 years of a discretionary life sentence and I...

We hear you!

I write in response to the mailbag by Linda C – The forgotten victims. We are still here, why won’t you help us? Linda, we hear you. The Justice System does create VICTIMS, and we are trying...

Prisoners maintaining innocence are held to ransom

It is clear to many within the system, that as prisons and psychology departments are funded via the provision of courses, rather than the successful process of offenders; there is a perverse incentive to generate income by...

If only our media would start telling the truth

When a crime is committed, especially a violent crime, the public feel scared and angry and understandably they want to see the perpetrator locked up. However, there are generally two schools of thought about the most effective...

Speak up I can’t hear you

I am a former barrister and am both blind and deaf, and would like to point out that prisons as public institutions are subject to the Equalities Act. Yet, disabled prisoners face a very hard time whilst...

Religious beliefs not being respected

Here at HMP IoW people’s religious beliefs/practises are not being respected. They are doing this by allowing the following to happen – we have 5 set choices of food both at lunch and tea. Choice number 1...

Excessive negative comments

I am a convicted prisoner serving 4 years for burglary. I am ashamed that I let my substance abuse drive me into breaking into people’s homes and removing property in order to fund my heroin and crack...

Racketeering by DHL

Surely I cannot be the only prisoner with strong objections to DHL’s cornering of the market when it comes to bedding? A 9 tog quilt is £22.99, a fraction of this price when purchased from Argos (who...

Thatcher Mk II

Those of us doing time should be very nervous about the appointment of Thatcher Mk II as our Prime Minister. The May family are privately heavily invested in such as G4S. Therefore Michael Gove’s drive to reduce...

Erlestoke riot – the truth

I was an inmate at Erlestoke when the riot started over the 11th-12th of June. We were locked up all over the weekend due to ‘staff shortages’. This caused a lot of tension amongst some inmates and...

Scurvy on the Menu

It is incredible that the Governor and Service Management here at Channings Wood should take it upon themselves to withdraw all fresh fruit, dried fruit and other items such as granulated sugar etc, from the prison supplied...

Nottinghamshire healthcare not up to standard

I write following several articles in recent issues of Inside Time raising concerns and complaints about healthcare provision in prisons where Nottinghamshire NHS Trust provide services. The Offender Healthcare Directorate is based at Rampton Hospital and the...

Sexist or not?

Full strip-searches are very rare and must be risk-assessed in female prisons. Yet they are common practise in male prisons. Isn’t it a bit sexist that a male prisoner can be stripped naked whenever a member of...

Think yourself lucky…

I write in response to the letter in your July issue from OJ at HMP Huntercombe, about being strip-searched and feeling ‘violated’. You should think yourself lucky, mate, because within the walls of this prison we are...

Misreading the signs

False results for HIV, Hepatitis C & B blood tests from recalled medical devices A medical safety alert has raised concerns about false results given to patients tested for HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B, potentially leading to missed diagnoses. On 26 July 2016 Attwood Solicitors received communication from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (‘MHRA’), which stated that certain lots of devices used for HIV, HCV and HBV testing may give an incorrect false negative or false positive result. The MHRA advises healthcare professionals to recall and re-test patients where the affected devices have been used. The devices in question, RightSign HIV 1.2.O Rapid Test Cassette, More...

Prison governor attacked by inmate at Wayland

A governor at HMP Wayland, Paul Cawkwell was badly hurt in an unprovoked attack by a prisoner. An anonymous ‘source’ at the prison told the BBC that the governor was talking to a prisoner in the canteen when the attack happened. Mr Cawkwell suffered a collapsed eye socket, fractured cheekbone and a broken nose in the attack and has had to have facial reconstruction surgery. It is likely to take months for him to recover.  More...

Kirklevington abuse enquiry continues

Almost 250 men have come forward to complain about physical and sexual abuse at HMP Kirklevington which they say took place..

The cost of over-tariff prisoners at HMP Erlestoke

To add to the ongoing concern about IPP prisoners spending years over-tariff the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Erlestoke provide shocking..

Reflections of Home – Star Poem of the Month

Reflections of Home

Spring I think of home, of pastures green The songs that skylarks bring Dappled hues upon the meadows The cuckoo’s More...

Lifer or IPP

It’s like a never ending story, or maybe a never ending dream If you’re doing mandatory life, or IPP, you wanna..

The Light

Where I’ve been it was almost pitch black Just one wrong turn and there was no way back Kinda like a..

Stalking: murder in slow motion

Stalking Patron Lady Edwina Grosvenor reports on Paladin, the national stalking advocacy service I just remember being confused. Very confused. “So, what you are..

What’s Your Straightline?

Straightline There’s a smartphone app for pretty much everything … but what about for leaving prison? The team behind National Prison Radio..

“People with convictions need the dignity of work!”

Sir Richard Branson calls for more employers to take on employees regardless of criminal convictions. Alongside former prisoner and star Virgin Trains employee Tammy Moreton, he is championing a fresh..

IPP families march on Parliament

4,000 IPP prisoners remain in ‘overcrowded slum’ prisons as the Parole Board is too afraid to order release says former Justice Secretary Ken Clarke Just days after over 200 friends..

Could Brexit bring back the rope?

If Britain were to leave the European Union, the way would be open to restore capital punishment which is currently outlawed by the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights agreed by..

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