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Journeys in a prison sweatbox

I’ve had scores of journeys in sweatboxes (prison vans) and if you’ve been in jail, so, probably, have you. But for those of you who might read this that haven’t had the pleasure, here’s what it’s like. First, a brief description of the vehicle: The sweatbox is a cellular style of transport in the form of […]

Life on the out: wasted

I push, scrape and pile the white powder into a line. I smooth out the crumpled £20 note in my wallet and make an impromptu tube.   As I lower my nostril to the mound of powder, negative thoughts ricochet in my mind like a stray bullet, fuck life! fuck everything! no one cares! I […]

I shouldn’t be seen dead talking to a screw

    “Waaah gwan bredgrin?” I turn to see someone that looks like a pop star who’s having a bit of a career hiatus. With overly gelled, spiked hair and the beginnings of a loosening jowl, Mr C made every effort to be on trend, that’s if style was solely influenced by the nineties. There […]

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

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 […]

Redemption or is it justification?

  Having just finished Stanley Tookie Williams’ book Redemption,the pendulum swung in favour of ‘could be better’.   The story was of the co founder of one of LA’s most famous street gangs: the Crips. The book was good in a snapshot of street history kind of way, but I found it to be irritatingly […]