The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue February 2012
Knowing that travellers credit is available to people who only have mobile phone numbers on their PIN list or are of no fixed abode I wonder whether this is a form of discrimination. I would love to have the option of having £20 taken from my private cash account every week in order to pay for my phone calls. But because I have a couple of landline numbers on my PIN list I am refused that option and regularly have to spend 90% of my money on PIN credit. Surely I should be allowed to have the same facility as everyone else? It seems very unfair that the majority of prisoners are being discriminated against just because they have a landline number on their PIN list. I regularly hear comments from prison staff to the effect of ‘You are no different to anyone else in here’ – well, if that’s the case then allow me the same rights as anyone else! I see signs all over the jail about how the Prison Service doesn’t accept discrimination of any kind, but it seems as though they do not like to practise what they constantly preach.
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