Category life after prison

Teaching in prison, revolving doors and riveting reads

      I’ve been told to put my money where my mouth is and write what I really think about prison education.   I have to come clean and admit that I’m good at getting other people to write but not so hot at doing it myself. I spent 13 years inside a London […]

I want to go back to prison

.  I decided I’d had enough a few weeks back, and told my probation officer to breach me… I’ve had no joy arranging any kind of training or education and thought my best chance would be to go back to prison where the staff would be better able guide and advise me. I told probation […]

Release meant deportation

I’ve been trying to describe my release from prison (some five years later) and how I felt at the time. You’d think that at my rebirth I would remember every detail of such a wonderful occurrence but my dream of release was scaled down by reality.  See, release meant deportation, there was no standing at the […]

An ex offender and university; the Longford Trust and Windowlene

‘I think you might set your sights a bit lower,  have you thought about being a cleaner?’   Now, I’m not so high and mighty that I believe cleaning is beneath me, but the advice of the prison Careers Advisor left my vision of my future smeared like a dirty window. University had always been […]

When I was released I felt lost

  When I was released I felt lost. I was grateful for my freedom but my enthusiasm was crushed by the weighty reality of life, relationships, family, food and bills. The sense of camaraderie I found in prison was a powerful force that energised me and inspired me to seek the change that most men […]