Category London 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 […]

A Jamaican’s tale continued: Doing time

Brown, steel-toed boots, green pants, white T-shirt and 15 pounds of muscle heavier, I sauntered across the center, my escorting officer matching my pace. It was Friday and I’d just been released from my job, I was in no hurry. A pillowcase strung over my shoulder carrying my meager belongings, an extra change of clothes […]

A Jamaican’s tale: my first night in Pentonville

Opened in 1816, HMP Pentonville, went on to host many famous and not so famous inmates by the time she had opened her doors to me that fitful Friday evening. I imagined I was like a grain of sand on the beach – one of many – faceless. The building sure looked its age. Although there were […]