Colin Norris Innocent serial killer?

The BBCs Panorama reported on the case of Colin Norris The case of Scottish nurse Colin Norris is an immensely troubling one: a cold-blooded medical killer without an obvious motive; More...

Beating the book ban

Before the PSI 30/2013 (the policy) I sent in books of all sorts to my clients. Most of the books were knitting and crocheting as I represent a lot of women prisoners and More...

To a man named Tom

I can remember my first few seconds being in that very small room they once used as a GA (Gamblers Anonymous) room. There were all of these different sounds and noises that I More...

Restricting prisoners’ access to books ruled unlawful

December 2014, restrictions pre- venting family and friends from sending books to prisoners were ruled unlawful after one woman at HMP Send took a legal challenge to the High Court. Whether More...

What are parole decisions based on?

What determines parole decisions? Are they a lottery? Is there a scientific basis for risk assessment? For three years I have been carrying out research into parole decisions More...

Month by Month

Here comes this year’s round-up of the highs and lows of my prison diary for 2014. As usual, I plan to highlight More...

News images from 2014

Queen Elizabeth walks through a field of ceramic poppies that form part of the art installation ‘Blood Swept More...

Bullying: an inside perspective

As a former prison Governor now working for a law firm, I’ve seen quite a lot...

An economist’s personal experience of life in prison

Women’s open prisons are ‘jewels in the crown’ says Vicky Pryce Eminent economist Vicky Pryce made...

Faith in books

As a keen writer I was delighted when Grayling’s book ban, pre- venting prisoners from receiving...
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From D Kinsey – HMP Manchester

I arrived at HMP Manchester on the 27th of February 2015 to serve a 3 year sentence or drug possession. I am currently in a wheelchair ater a road accident. Both my legs are injured and are non-weight bearing until I’ve had surgery. Ater going through reception I was taken to G Wing but when we got there it was ound that my chair was too big to it through the door o the cell. Ater trying 2 more cells – I am 6 oot 4 and weigh 18 stone – I was placed on I Wing, which is a detox wing or inmates who have addiction problems, though I mysel have no problems o this kind. I was placed in this cell as a ‘stopgap’ but 8 months later I am still here. Soon ater arriving I was More...

Murder by more than one

This is an especially difficult area of law. We cannot hope to cover each and every permutation that arises in the vast array of possibilities in this area. However, we do here try to explain the law in cases of murder by joint enterprise, or conspiracy to murder. Definition of conspiracy The essence of any conspiracy is in the ‘agreement’; in this case, there need not be a body. Prosecutors sometimes like to use this charge when there is more than one person in the dock More...

Don’t believe everything you read…

Emma Davies, Partner at Hine Solicitors, together with Jennifer Lightwing of the departent, look at the parole process and the importance..

New Prison Law Clinic

As all prisoners will know legal aid for Prison Law has faced some of the harshest cuts in recent years and..

How I Live Now

Reviewed by Jamie Starbuck – HMP Long Lartin Daisy’s new stepmother is pregnant and hates her, More...

The Boy in the Snow

Reviewed by Douglas Chadwick – prison supplied A dead baby, a religious cult, a maverick cop, a corrupt politician, a ruthless..

The British Crime and Prison Quiz Book

Will you be held at gunpoint and find yourself reaching for the panic button or will you be laughing all the..

Merry Christmas

To my A9032AG, Happy Christmas, I love you today, tomorrow and forever! Yours always A9306AK Joshua Newcombe, I love you soo..

PSI2007-009 Smoke free legislation

The Smoke Free Legislation (Health Act 2006) takes effect from 1 July 2007, but from 2 April 2007 in Wales. This..

Police bail and the innocent

Cautious steps from the Home Secretary, Theresa May. She has ‘asked’ the College of Policing to ‘consider’ implementing a time limit..

Justice Select Committee

Chairman: Do you think, on the basis of your experience, that there is a larger proportion of offenders in prison who..

Enemies

In his book ‘Prisongate’, written soon after the end of his appointment as Chief Inspector of Prisons, David Ramsbotham, (now Lord..