2020-45-Psychology: denial, disappointment and despair

Hello friend,

Day 30…

Article 3: this was a letter from a prisoner located at a Scottish prison. The Scottish Prison Service have recommended that he completes an offending behaviour program called ‘Moving Forward, Making Change’. Unfortunately, for him, he maintains his innocence but is still required to participate with other prisoners who are guilty of their offence/s. There appears to be nothing offered (to him, at least) for prisoners who maintain their innocence.

What does that mean? Are Scottish prisons obstructing sentence progression and parole on the same basis as this prison – the prisoner is “in denial”? This is not what my understanding was and could prove to be problematic, if true. Do they not offer alternatives which would satisfy them, in regards to perceived ‘risk’, but also allow wrongfully convicted prisoners to engage?

Of course, all of this is moot – unless they reduce their prison population and allow me to transfer. Just on that: I’m beginning to wonder if there is something more to the delay to my transfer. I’m sure, if they wanted to, they could find a space for me in any one of several prisons.

Be happy, be safe and be kind.
Graham Coutts, 22nd April 2020

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