May 28, 2014

Hay Festival Event – Some Truths about Prisons


Talking to Jim Naughtie on the Today Programme last week the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said we have “never been able to send parcels into prisons” – this is simply not true. He told Jim that prisoners have, “access to the same library services that you and I do.” This too is not true and typical of the type of political rhetoric that has been bandied about in this country unchallenged for decades and one of the main reasons our prisons generate so much failure. On Thursday 29th May I will be chairing a panel comprising of Vicky Pryce, Professor John Podmore and Professor David Wilson at the Hay Festival – please come along if you really want to know some truths about prisons.

One response to “Hay Festival Event – Some Truths about Prisons”

  1. DORCAS says:

    For at least 10 years, maybe 15 prisoners in most prisons have NOT been allowed to have parcels or books sent in to them. Prisons are incredibly understaffed and there isnt the wo/man power to search stuff. If relations or friends want to send clothing or books it can be done if sent from manufacturers or publishers entailing expensive for postage.

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