2017-112-Smoking

Smoking Hello friend, This week all the smoking products have been taken off the canteen list in advance of the no smoking ban in a couple of weeks. Hurrah! The air quality in these places is poor at the best of times. Fresh air, wow! Although, Scottish prisons will not be banning smoking until next
Read More »

2017-111-Psychology

Psychology Hello friend, Following from last blog (110) and the last Psychology blog (105): I received a regular newsletter from SAFARI (Supporting All Falsely Accused with Reference Material). The most recent one (Issue 117, August 2017) raised some interesting points regarding the MOJ, s study into the efficacy of the SOPT. They say: “Contrary to
Read More »

2017-110-Media

Media Hello friend, I was watching Sky News the other day; the story was about a number of people who had been stopped from entering an eastern country, I can’t recall which. These guys had convictions for child sex offences. The newscaster said “…given the rate of re-offending,” which implied that it was a high
Read More »

2017-107-Arts Project

Arts Project Hello friend, Nearly there with the score. Only 2 more string arrangements to finish. Phew! Project Instrumental will probably be coming in to rehearse with us at the end of the month. They’ll be note perfect and we’ll be…mmm? All of the ideas for the set cubes have been agreed. They’ve all been
Read More »

2017-106-Campaign Site

Campaign Site Hello friend, It seems my site is down at the moment. The webmaster suspects that the problem has been caused by a virus; maybe, malware. Further investigations are underway. Unfortunately, you will not get to know this as I cannot post this blog. Chicken and egg. Hopefully, the current situation will not last
Read More »

2017-105-Psychology

Psychology Hello friend, Following on from my last blog on this (103), the prisoners newspaper Inside Time ran a story entitled “SOPT bombshell”. It was written by a Dr Robert Forde. He stated that the research done by the MOJ, which showed that prisoners who completed the SOPT programme showed a 10% rate of re-offending
Read More »

2017-104-Arts Project

Arts Project Hello friend, It’s been another interesting week of ups and downs. One of the performers was stopped from coming across for our Sunday harmony rehearsal. This rehearsal has been happening for the past few weeks and was authorised at Governor level, yet, here we had a lower manager overriding this authority despite the
Read More »

2017-103-Psychology

Psychology Hello friend, Regular readers will already know that I am not a fan of prison psychologists. I see them as nothing more than charlatans and snake-oil salesmen/women. I have on occasion mentioned that the much lauded Sex Offenders Treatment Programme (SOTP) was based on cult reprogramming techniques and was yielding poor results which continued
Read More »