How are you? I hope all is good with you and the girls. I was kind of hesitant about writing, it has been a while since we had any meaningful contact, but I felt at least I should drop a line. I can’t believe I’m here again, Mum. I know you can’t believe it too […]

  The wispy, blond locks protruding from his prayer cap make him stand out; that and the thick beard he had been lovingly cultivating. Young, fresh faced with wide innocent eyes, Bilal, formerly known as John, is the baby of the wing. Every Friday there is a giddy excitement in Bilal’s movements as he prepares […]

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 […]

      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 […]

  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 […]

I gingerly hobble back to my cell: my legs, after a heavy squat session feel like an under set jelly. Gym is a pleasant distraction from the mundane regime of prison life and it helps in my fight against a slowing metabolism and developing a ‘muffin top’. I lost my twenties, well the majority of […]