2020 – 20 – category a
Category A: My very last Cat A blog! – hurrah!
Here’s the highlights…
They claimed that my representations “had been supplied to each member of the panel 2 weeks prior to the meeting” (LIE). In fact, in some cases, not supplied at at all; plus, my reps were not even sent until 2 or 3 days prior to the meeting.
“The meeting gave careful consideration to the independent psychology report” (LIE). How could this have been possible when the only one who appears to have had a copy was the (very) senior prison psychologist ( who no longer even works at HMP Wakefield). Their role, it would appear, was to undermine our report. It’s worth noting that our (very, very qualified) psychologist got more out of me in 1 1/2 hours than their psychologist ever got out of me over the last 7 1/2 years! this is a reflection of just how poor this prison’s psychology department is – trust and rapport will always prevail over threats and controlling behaviour.
The B wing officer was quoted as saying that there had been “occasions where officers have had to challenge Mr Coutts and he often challenged them in response” (LIE). This officer denied saying this – of course, its a fabrication.
Next in their box of dirty tricks: another innacurate security information report, not even disclosed to us prior to our representation (not lawful). This was a summary from the security guy. He used the words: “regularly, challenge, undermine and question”. Strange… none of these words appear on the IR I’ve since obtained. (another LIE).
Wow! These people are really desperate to keep me Cat A. It’s become a war of attrition, trying to starve me out of the castle. Whilst they want me to do is to chase a pot of gold at the end of a rather muddy rainbow. In other words: “do offending behaviour course, get progressed”. Except that’s how it works in here. It’s a hamster wheel for Cat A lifers who maintain their innocence. I don’t know any of them that have been downgraded since doing one of those new courses but I know several who have been recommended for more courses. How else are they going to pay prison psychologists.
Well one good thing has come out of this – I won’t be wasting any more of my time with a system that is so corruptible where staff can further their own personal agenda. This cannot be about ‘risk’. They dismiss nearly 17 years of positive work, behaviour and self-development in favour of the SOTP rebrand (more courses with no evidence of lowering risk). What is that? Gullibility, uninterest or just plain stupidity? – You decide.
Be happy, be safe and kind.
Graham Coutts, 28th March 2020