Hybristophilia or “Bonnie & Clyde syndrome” is a paraphilia in which sexual arousal, romantic fulfilment or even orgasm is contingent upon being with a partner known to have committed a criminal offence or some form of moral outrage. We’ve all seen the extreme examples: Moors Murderer Peter Sutcliffe receiving mail from dozens of ardent fans and the bizarre spectacle of Charles Manson’s engagement, while still imprisoned to a woman 53 years his junior (although apparently, her motive was to take possession of his corpse after death and install him in a Lenin style glass mausoleum in California.Which is in its own way terribly disturbing). But the surrealism and cult following which attaches itself to celebrity serial killers, masks something more mundane but no less sinister.Read More
It may not come as a surprise that healthcare within our prisons faces many of the same issues as the rest of the beleaguered NHS. That is; underfunded, understaffed, and living with the ever-present threat of further cuts.
In many ways prison healthcare is a chilling foretaste of the future of the NHS, the swingeing cuts to civilian mental health services, specialist care, and elderly care are sharply amplified for prison inmates.Read More
There was no light. The outside window which was impossibly dark, was comparable to a small cake tin. Even the shimmering lights of London’s financial district didn’t penetrate the drizzle-spattered window.
My quarters, rather unsurprisingly resembled a cell; tall enough for your average NBA player but around the width of a coffin. The walls were bare white metal; contrary to what the Daily Mail may have you believe I’ve yet to see a flat screen television in a prison transport.Read More
“Take him down.”
And that was that. I had been sentenced to forty months.
The thing that stands out about most about my hearings is the juxtaposition of the “lengthy investigation” as claimed by the Crown: there was virtually no investigation by the Crown and the whirlwind speed with which my fate was decided.Read More
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”-George Washington Carver
There is an old prison joke from the 1970’s which goes something like this -
Two Lags are chatting over pints in the pub.
One: “I hear Tommy’s back out again.”
Two: “Yeah, he got a BA in Sociology while he was inside”.
One: “So, he’s going straight?”
Two: “Nah, he’s still a bank robber, he just knows why he does it now”.
Were you to tell that to a prisoner in 2016, he might laugh at the punchline, but the enlightened education system it alludes to would very likely be lost on him. The reality for today’s prisoners is far removed from the halcyon days of the 1970’s.