The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue May 2012
My sister’s elder daughter died of a heroin overdose at the age of 20. Now she refuses to let her other daughter, aged 18, accompany her on visits in case they have to mix with drug dealers in the visits hall. My best friend, who is black, was seriously injured in a racially motivated attack and will not come to visit me because there may be prisoners in the visits hall who are convicted of similar attacks. Also, my elderly grandmother was traumatised when someone stole her purse from her shopping bag, so she is reluctant to visit in case she has to share the visits hall with pickpockets or muggers. My uncle sank his life savings into opening a corner shop, but lost everything after constant shoplifting forced his insurance premiums up to unaffordable levels – he feels uncomfortable visiting me because he knows there will be thieves and shoplifters among the prisoners having visits.
Ok, so none of this is actually true, but is it really any different from people demanding that sex offenders should be separated from other prisoners on visits? (Mailbags – April issue) Every single one of our crimes has victims, and I think it’s time we stopped scapegoating sex offenders as if they were the only ones who have ever hurt anyone. As for the comment that ‘prisoners on remand must also mix with sex offenders in the visits room and this cannot be right’ – they also have to mix with arsonists, burglars, joy-riders, tax cheats and murderers, but the writer will be reassured to know that paedophilia – just like these other crimes – is not contagious.
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