Eyes and Ears

Remember that when in prison an inmate can’t browse the internet for information. The only news they can get is from the prison newspapers, usually the Sun and the Mirror, weekly papers such as Inside Times and what they see or hear from the TV or radio.

There are a lots of organisations which do provide help to serving prisoners, such as JailGuitarDoors, an organisation set up by Billy Bragg to help provide musical instruments to prisons so that musicians in custody can play www.jailguitardoors.org.uk , but unless the prisoners is told about these opportunities nothing will happen. The family and friends on the “outside” must act as the eyes and ears on these initiatives for those in custody.

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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