“People with convictions need the dignity of work!”

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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 approach and attitude for companies towards those who have been to prison. “Everyone deserves a second chance in life,” he tells Inside Time editor Erwin James. When Tammy Moreton sat in her prison cell after being convicted of arson in July 2012 her future looked bleak. Moreton, 23, was no stranger to prison. After leaving school the daughter of a single mum, whose More...

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Brandon Astor Jones… tribute from a friend

Brandon Astor Jones

It was Tuesday morning February 2nd 2016. I woke to the sound of Red Cardinals and Blue Jays calling outside. I was in the care of three friends who had kindly offered me hospitality More...

Publicity and great stories

Publicity and great stories

“All publicity is good publicity” we used to say, along with “No publicity is bad publicity”. Wrong. Well it was pretty accurate in the old days, when we were young and More...

Brexit and the death penalty

Brexit and the death penalty

In our June issue former MP and prisoner Denis Macshane argued that if Britain was to leave the European Union, “the way would be open to restore capital punishment which is More...

Half ounce deal

Half-ounce deal

‘Almost half of the prison population have an addiction to drugs. A majority of addicts in prison will be there because of crimes committed related to their addiction.’ House More...

‘Prison Works’

 Some British prisons are operating at 160% of certified capacity  46% of former prisoners are reconvicted within a year of release  A suicide rate of 117 per 100,000, More...

From over the wall

From over the wall

Terry Waite writes his monthly column for Inside Time It’s not much fun being locked up during the summer months, but this More...

Tales of Wisdom

Tales of Wisdom

Our man on the inside tells it like it is The unlucky stork There was once a handsome grey stork who spent his More...

Overuse of ‘the last resort’

I read with interest the piece about Karen ‘From prisoner to case manager’ (May 2016 issue) and I applaud what she is doing in every way. She has made a major achievement and is setting a precedent...

IMB lost its way

I am writing in response to the article in the June issue, featuring Faith Spear’s open criticism of the current modus operandi of the IMB. I am currently in a Category B prison, despite my offence only...

Demonisation breeds radicalisation

I am well and truly fed up with our government, MPs, media and even the (former) Prime Minister for allowing this country to become a foreigner-hating nation. All the media seem to talk about is terrorism, immigration...

Breaking the law

I read with interest the mailbag Amber Alert by David Scott in the June issue. I recently received an answer on a COMP1 form that you may be interested in. In his reply to my query about...

A ray of sunshine

I would like to thank North East Prison After Care Society (Nepacs) who provide parent and child support. They are a ray of sunshine on the darker side of prison life. I have had the privilege of...

Human rights are for everyone

Being a long-term prisoner I am concerned about this country scrapping the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a Bill of Rights. I have noticed how most politicians and commentators have glossed over this fact and...

Help yourself by helping others

I read your paper every month as a determinate lodger at Her Majesty’s finest. I admire the fact that you publish letters from inmates whether they are positive or negative about prison life. It is hard not...

No response to complaints

I am a life sentence prisoner and throughout the 11 years I’ve spent in jail have used the Request/Complaint system process for a variety of issues. But since my arrival at Gartree, three months ago, I find...

They who stand above High Court judgement ignore the judge not lest ye be judged!

I am angry and at a loss at prisons flouting the High Court judgement in respect of books being sent into prisons. If I, or my business were to fly in the face of a High Court...

Mailbites August 2016

Ripped off On the day of the EU referendum I could not help feeling totally ripped off. I am an IPP prisoner and a lot of the laws that the ECHR pass affect us serving IPP’s massively....

Prison has rubbished my official diagnosis

Prison is an establishment that purports to promote rehabilitation, but we prisoners know the truth of that. I am a prisoner with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and I have apparently been misdiagnosed twice with Asperger’s Syndrome,...

A clear and discriminative policy

In a recent response to a Freedom of Information request the Ministry of Justice claimed that 112 Category A prisoners have been decategorised in the preceding 12 month period. A promising statistical figure…or is it? How many...

Have we really voted to make Britain ‘Great’ again?

So, we are leaving the EU and David Cameron stood down as Prime Minister. The Tory Party have elected a new leader, Theresa May and she will initiate Article 50. Once the process has been started then...

Sex offenders’ passports

Eight years after release and on the Sex Offenders Register (SOR) I continue struggling to cope with ever-increasing bureaucracy. When my sentence finished I applied for a passport so my partner and I could have holidays in...

Can prisoners be sent books or not?

I recently became aware of the fact that HMP Leicester staff were not allowing books to be sent in by family and friends, even though this is permitted under PSI 30/2013 5th Amendment August 2015, effective from...

Problems with National Prison Radio (NPR)

Here at HMP Isle of Wight we cannot receive National Prison Radio on our TVs. I know that in the grand scheme of things this seems like a small issue, but to prisoners it is an important...

Where is the equality in phone charges?

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to provide legal protections from discrimination based on the grounds of: age, race, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, and marriage and civil partnerships – otherwise known...

‘Monster Mansion’, but is it?

Having travelled around quite a lot I’ve heard all the stories about Wakefield being called ‘Monster Mansion’, but is it? I was surprised to find when I arrived here, 9 years ago, that there are more so-called...

Another Grayling reform bites the dust

In April 2013, the Government announced it would introduce a residence test for civil legal aid funding under the provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (“LASPO”) 2012. If you were not lawfully resident in the UK (or a Crown Dependency or British Overseas Territory) at the time of your application for legal aid, or for the last 12 months, you would not be eligible for legal aid. The Public Law Project (“PLP”) challenged this residence test on two grounds: (i) the secondary legislation was ultra vires; and, (ii) the test was unjustifiably discriminatory, and has now been successful before the Supreme Court in doing so. After a topsy-turvy trip through the More...

Ridding London communities of violence

Two projects that provide resettlement support for hard-to-reach young people have been extended for another year after being allocated a share of £400,000 by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. The funding has been split between the North East London Resettlement Consortia project, which covers Waltham Forest, Enfield, Newham, Hackney, Redbridge and Islington, and the South East London Resettlement Consortia project, which covers Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon, Greenwich More...

Community gardener threatened with prison

A public spirited pensioner who transformed a derelict area of public space near his home into an amazing communal garden, using..

Still no YOs at HMP/YOI Grampian

Almost two years after a riot by young offenders at Scotland’s flagship super-prison just weeks after it opened led to them..

The Aesthetics of Silence

The Aesthetics of Silence

For the silence that follows For the time that suddenly slows The silence of time offers you a space Anxiety More...

Anxiety

He is trying his best to stay calm inside He better learn quick as there’s laws to abide He slows his..

My Mother

Please forgive my sad neglect To you I owe the utmost respect What will it be heaven or hell? Allah will..

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..

No justification for ban on prisoner voting

Last month Shami Chakrabarti stepped down as Director of Liberty, the civil liberties advocacy organisation where she worked for 14 years, 12 as head. Before handing over to her successor,..

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