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READ & DOWNLOAD ✓ A Bit of a Stretch ✓ A shocking and darkly funny account of the reality of Britain's prisons Where can a tin of tuna buy you clean clothes Which British education system struggles with 50% illiteracy Where do teetotal Muslims attend AA meetings Where is it easier to get 'spice' than paracetamol Where does self harm barelG moving and darkly funny this is the unvarnished depiction of what he found With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to corrupt screws to senior officials bent on endless and fruitless reform this is the reality behind the locked gates Full of incredible and hilarious stories A Bit of a Stretch reveals the true scale of our prison crisis and why it is costing us al. Oh no The author is a middle class lefty his words who reads the Guardian In the UK these are a nauseating class of people He is a BAFTA nominated documentary filmmaker that gets done for tax fraud Oh the irony OK Let’s see how this goesAtkins has a five year sentence He’ll serve two and a half years He is a white collar criminal on his first offence so should be Cat D status which means he should go to an open prison He will have to do 6 months at Wandsworth first This is very similar to the experience that John Hoskison had and retells in his book called ‘Inside’ Wandsworth Prison takes some adjustment That is true British understatement there Hoskison was inside back in the mid 90’s Has anything changed in the past two decades Atkins is lucky that he gets in a cell with Ted who teaches him the ropes as it were Ted is the kind of person that Atkins would have despised on the outside the white working class He is also able to get to a wing where he is comfortable and has work duties Hoskison’s treatment was a lot different and a lot harsher When you compare the two you would say that Atkins time is a lot agreeable but is this down to Atkins getting a few lucky breaksFor all my bristling at the author at the beginning of the book this is really good He plays up his middle class bearing which is uite funny He also understands that because of this he has been given certain privilege’s but it also comes with a sense of danger as inmates will always look for weakness like any bullies would You always need to be on your guardWhat comes across blatantly clear is the antiuated management and administration within the prison system It is like going back to Victorian times It is so muddled and mis managed that some prisoners who are set to leave on the date that have been set are then told they have another 6 months to go The whole system seriously needs an overhaul Another interesting subject that Atkins goes over is the mental health of the prisoners It appears that many are disturbed before they get into prison and then the system just chews them up and spits them out either in a casket or to re offend Having someone report properly from inside is enlightening but will it enlighten the government or the prison authority Will it change anything The system is broken The whole administration needs to be brought into the modern world and the money that is being wasted needs to be looked at Let us hope that this book does indeed do something

A Bit of a StretchG moving and darkly funny this is the unvarnished depiction of what he found With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to corrupt screws to senior officials bent on endless and fruitless reform this is the reality behind the locked gates Full of incredible and hilarious stories A Bit of a Stretch reveals the true scale of our prison crisis and why it is costing us al. Oh no The author is a middle class lefty his words who reads the Guardian In the UK these are a nauseating class of people He is a BAFTA nominated documentary filmmaker that gets done for tax fraud Oh the irony OK Let’s see how this goesAtkins has a five year sentence He’ll serve two and a half years He is a white collar criminal on his first offence so should be Cat D status which means he should go to an open prison He will have to do 6 months at Wandsworth first This is very similar to the experience that John Hoskison had and retells in his book called ‘Inside’ Wandsworth Prison takes some adjustment That is true British understatement there Hoskison was inside back in the mid 90’s Has anything changed in the past two decades Atkins is lucky that he gets in a cell with Ted who teaches him the ropes as it were Ted is the kind of person that Atkins would have despised on the outside the white working class He is also able to get to a wing where he is comfortable and has work duties Hoskison’s treatment was a lot different and a lot harsher When you compare the two you would say that Atkins time is a lot agreeable but is this down to Atkins getting a few lucky breaksFor all my bristling at the author at the beginning of the book this is really good He plays up his middle class bearing which is uite funny He also understands that because of this he has been given certain privilege’s but it also comes with a sense of danger as inmates will always look for weakness like any bullies would You always need to be on your guardWhat comes across blatantly clear is the antiuated management and administration within the prison system It is like going back to Victorian times It is so muddled and mis managed that some prisoners who are set to leave on the date that have been set are then told they have another 6 months to go The whole system seriously needs an overhaul Another interesting subject that Atkins goes over is the mental health of the prisoners It appears that many are disturbed before they get into prison and then the system just chews them up and spits them out either in a casket or to re offend Having someone report properly from inside is enlightening but will it enlighten the government or the prison authority Will it change anything The system is broken The whole administration needs to be brought into the modern world and the money that is being wasted needs to be looked at Let us hope that this book does indeed do something

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A Bit of a Stretch Ý Rld that has been left to rot for decades in the shadows of polite society Like most people documentary maker Chris Atkins didn't spend much time thinking about prisons But after becoming embroiled in a dodgy scheme to fund his latest film he was sent down for five years His new home would be HMP Wandsworth one of the oldest largest and most dysfunctional prisons in EuropeHorrifyin. The author of this book served time for fraud in Wandsworth Prison in London in 2016 and kept a diary whilst insideHe has then pulled together highlights of the diary and turned it into this bookIt's really interesting with a combination of hard facts and dark humour I have always thought the prison system here is in crisis but this really brought it homeThe author did an excellent job of highlighting the problems whilst acknowledging that his white middle class affluent status alleviated some of his suffering inside and that those less fortunate were are treated appallingly CHARACTERS Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Chris Atkins

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Chris Atkins ↠ 8 READ & DOWNLOAD A shocking and darkly funny account of the reality of Britain's prisons Where can a tin of tuna buy you clean clothes Which British education system struggles with 50% illiteracy Where do teetotal Muslims attend AA meetings Where is it easier to get 'spice' than paracetamol Where does self harm barely raise an eyebrowWelcome to Her Majesty's Prison Service a creaking and surreal wo. Chris Atkins is pretty aggravating he doesn’t come out of his own memoir well A white white collar criminal gets a 5 year sentence meaning he will be serving 2 ½ years inside and the rest out on license After 9 months in Wandsworth a tough prison he gets sent to an open prisonBut than that after the total sensory overload horror that is the first few weeks of his time in Wandsworth Chris floats effortlessly to the top of the internal prison class systemYes at the bottom of the pile we have self harming drug smoking illiterates with very few life skills and at the top we have white white collar criminals who help to run the prison and therefore get many many privileges not available to the scumbagsHAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF LEARNING HAIRDRESSINGYou don’t warm to this guy Chris Atkins much Unfortunately the let’s keep it light and jokey tone of most of this book lends itself to the easy cynicism about prisons or offices or politics you get displayed in every sitcom you ever saw The boss is always clueless the screws are only there to screw the system the comical prisoners dodge and weave and pull fast ones and smoke a lot See Yes Minister The Thick of It Porridge The Office and so on Cynicism does seem to be the only sensible response but it kinda gets wearingThe jolly jokiness constantly crashes into the horrible pain that prison often is Chris does not flinch from describing the awful misery of many prisoners but the flippancy and well what would you expect this is like a Samuel Beckett play is never far below the surface Here’s an example Chris is here going from cell to cell to get prisoners to sign up to do courses to improve their skills Here is one such attempt Hello Mr er Gnhebdbi Would you be interested in doing any courses during your stayGIMME BURN PLEASE I BEG YOUI don’t actually smoke but if you look at this leafletGO NUMBER 3 16 MAN OWES ME EIGHT BALL INNIT GET IT FOR ME BRUVI’m not allowed to pass things between cellsGET THAT FUCKING RICE OR I’LL FUCK YOU UP YOU GOT MEHave you thought about learning hairdressing You’ll score loads of spice thereWHY ARE PRISONS SO BADRich people who wanted to get richer caused the banking crisis of 20078 In the UK the government had to spend billions propping up the banks so they had a mountain of debt they didn’t have before This gave us “austerity” where the government cut funding of many public services to the bone Prison staff and mental health services were cut Staff shortages in a prison like Wandsworth leads directly to 23 hour bang up – you can guess this means prisoners locked in cells for 23 hours per dayThis leads to the highest ever prison suicide rate 119 in 2016 and an epidemic of self harming incidents 50% of prisoners have mental health problems many severe They should be somewhere other than a prison 50% are functionally illiterate Why that could possibly be in a country like the UK is a whole other uestion There are some prisoners who have a a mental illness b a drug addiction and c no English You’d have to say these guys are up shit creek without a paddle HOLIDAY CAMPS AND HELLHOLESThere are two common views of modern prisons – that they’re holiday camps and that they’re hellholes Both are true Chris is at pains to say the holiday camp idea is complete bollocks Most prisoners preferred to read The Sun the Daily Star or the Daily Mirror The popularity of these tabloids was surprising given that they all printed nonsense about prisons being too cushy JAILS TO GET EVEN SOFTER; EXPOSED – PRISONERS PARTYING ON DRUGS VODKA AND FAST FOOD This false narrative fostered a public perception that the prisoners were all living the life of Riley By 2017 violence suicides and self harm were at record levels but the tabloids still perpetuated the myth that prison was an easy ride But on another page he describes how he stumbled over the ritziest cells in Wandsworth I had no idea this place existed even when I lived on this wing It’s the Wandsworth euivalent of a members’ club and even has a private door to keep out the riff raff Their den is replete with all mod cons including a toaster sandwich maker and even a George Foreman grill On the wall is a large flat screen telly and they’re always watching the latest series and moviesAnd later I ask to start a psychology module I soon receive an exciting cardboard box from the Open University containing several thick study guides four textbooks and a DVD POLYTHEISM IN PRISONIn order to get out of 23 hour bang up prisoners converted to religion or rather religions simultaneously identifying as Muslim Catholic Hindu and Protestant so they could attend all the various services There was no objection to this polytheism as the religious leaders taking the services were paid it was thought per head and no one wished to rock the boatHOW TO STRANGLE A GOOD IDEAChris describes the governor of Wandsworth inventing a new progressive scheme to get a select group of prisoners to do basic admin duties to free up prison officers so the prisoners did not have to be banged up for 23 hours But the Prison Officers Union objected to prisoners taking work away from their members So they refused to participate and the new scheme never got off the ground The governor is so far removed from daily life in his own prison that he does not know the scheme has not started yet The politicians listen to the details of the scheme and love it They announce it to the public as a bold new initiative This illustrates the difficulty in effectively scrutinising prisons Everyone who could contradict the governor’s testimony either works for him or is behind bars HOW DO DRUGS GET INTO PRISONSFrom drones the government’s preferred theoryFrom the orifices of wives and girlfriends to the orifices of their imprisoned partnersFrom bent screwsTHE S WORDOn p310 the S word emerges as I could have predicted Swedish prisons are humane and fair and focus on educating and rehabilitating offenders rather than fixating on punishment It’s led t a huge drop in reoffending and the closure of many prisonsI have dealt with this constant use of the S word in my review of Let the Right One In by John Lindvist so I will only say here – SWEDEN AGAINUNREHABILITATED It seems like if Chris were here he would say his own book is yet another chunk of well meaning liberal rage that will have zero effect except to titillate other liberals like myself Aside from that shrugs all round sad shaking of heads and a generalised embarrassed muttering of well what can you do