Life behind the wall “DoingTime”

In reality “Doing Time” is closer to the TV image of Porridge than Bad Girls. All prisons operate with the cooperation of the staff and the prisoners. The best source of information of how things are done in prison is to talk first of all to a fellow prisoner who is an INSIDER, an individual who has been selected by the prison as trustworthy and who is prepared to assist fellow inmates. Understandably many of the prison staff are specialists in particular areas of prison life such as Sentence Planning, Security, Reception etc so will not have the answer to questions about other area’s of the prison.


How Prisons Work

On Tuesday 24th March it was announced that all prisons in the UK would go into a "lock down" state, as a result on Covid19.  In simple terms it means that prisoners will be confined to their cells for the vast majority of each day, being unlocked only for meals and very limited exercise periods. All social visits are cancelled with immediate effect.

The prison staff will ensure that medical requirements will be met as per usual but there will be no "association periods" for the prisoners. Undoubtably this will be difficult and stressful for a number of prisoners, but the prison authorities are acting for the greater good of the majority of prisoners and staff.

Any establishment specific queries you may have should be directed to the prisons