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The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue February 2012

Itís nice to be nice!

From Tatton Ė HMP Belmarsh

I write in regards to the letter by Lee Wookie ‘Forget the junkies, feed me!’ in your December issue. Why do prisoners on methadone, or with drug problems, always get referred to as ‘junkies’? To me this is just another form of bullying. Whatever happened to giving another human a bit of respect, no matter what their faults are? A lot of so-called junkies have suffered mental health problems of their own and also abuse as children, which is probably why they use drugs. I don’t think that labelling them all as junkies is very helpful or supportive. Often I have found drug-users to be polite, friendly individuals regardless of the crimes they have committed. I am not a drug-user myself, but I just think it doesn’t hurt to be nice and that we shouldn’t label others.



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Comments about this letter

15/4/2012 b renda - glasgow

m a mother of 3 wer a live in glasgow if u want to stick a needle in ur arm ur a junkie they get offerd help by getten methadone reading ur letter u must stay in a diff plantet a dnt no a polite friendly junkie unless ur gv them to get gear u sed ur not a drug user well u sound like a big issue seller lol it hurts me to be nice the state they walk about waens in glasgow watch it day and nite and me myself a think its a total disgrace

16/4/2012 annie glasgow

a cum fae glasgow and brenda a dny no u but a totaly agre way ut letter dawl

6/5/2012 billy glasgow

a totaly agree what these laddies say in my eye get the junkies of the streets

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Summary of letters in the Mailbag for February 2012
Parole Board want us to be robots
Campaign for a better prison phone system
Travellerís credit
Courses should be available to ALL!
Courses should count for something
1992, a very bad year
Imprisonment for Public Protection or Incompetent Prison Psychology?
Second class citizen
The care of mentally ill prisoners in our prisons
Landing officers
Get off the bandwagon
Sports tops banned
Setting the record straight
Lights out!
Health Champions role at HMP Onley
British law accepts a tautology
Same Sex Marriage in prison
Pregnant and in prison
Current page: Itís nice to be nice!
Defending Ďjunkiesí like me
Scabies epidemic at HMP Durham?
No justice for Michael Stone, but justice for others?
Manipulation of prescription drugs
Justice for Stephen
Institutional racism
***STAR LETTER*** Good and bad in everyone
Whatís in a name?
Public Enemies
Outraged

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