The words ‘Tough Justice’ are an oxymoron.

The scales of justice are meant to be measured and balanced, neither lenient nor tough.

Revenge and Retribution are not justice.…
Sweeping reforms designed to catch child killers and terrorists (and sold to the public as such) generally catch lesser offenders, as was the case with the devastating IPP sentence.

From the same person who misled MPs, akin to fraud…
...and who in the past was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Bar Standards Board…

I do not see any restrictions applying to him after his ‘offences’.

#FewerVictims #SaveUKJustice
Terrorists are a statistically unrepresentative example of the people in prison being only 224 out of 85,000, that's 0.26% of the prison population.

By comparison, an average of 325 people, 0.38%, are sent to prison each year for non payment of council tax or TV licence.
He dares to say, we need to be tougher on crime?....

>With suicide, self-harm and personal mutilation at record levels in our prisons (more than double in 8 years)

>When babies are allowed to die in prisons and families are left unsupported.....
>When you are guilty before conviction and innocence is merely wishful thinking for anyone who is not wealthy enough to fund their own defence.

>When the price of entry into prison is loss of job, loss of home and fractured relationships.
>When you are treated lower than an animal, when your mental and physical health is allowed to deteriorate, nay even be deliberately destroyed in many cases.

>When even after release you are faced with destroyed reputation, shunned as a second or third class citizen.
>When you may be released homeless or with a tent & in all probability no opportunity to work or contribute again.

Fools with little knowledge or experience, tell you that you have experienced a holiday camp & we NEED TO BE TOUGHER ON CRIME!


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14 Sep
@eileen_sansom Some psychologists say that sex offenders are suffering from a sickness.
When considering the perpetrators of these acts, it can be difficult for most people to differentiate between sick and evil. Perhaps such evil is a sickness; I am not qualified to say.
@eileen_sansom If it is a sickness as suggested, then I do not understand why cures haven’t been explored further as they are for any other sickness of mind or body.
There are medications that have been proven to work and treat such sicknesses by reducing libido and eliminating urges.
@eileen_sansom If we are agreeing to label these crimes as symptoms of an illness, then the ‘sufferers’ should be allowed the choice to voluntarily take such medication (as they
would for a range of mental illnesses).

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14 Sep

A Dystopia Story...

Great Grandad, what were you doing when when parliament was silenced, where were you when democracy died?
What did you do when an apocalypse was manufactured that resulted in the starvation of 2/3rds of the global population, but unlike WW1 and WW2 it left all the infrastructure intact for the elite to take ownership of?
You see Great Grandfather, in my one day a week of education away from the work camp, I have been learning about the "cold that cost your freedom".

Is it true that in England a dictator took power, completely destroyed the CJS, the NHS and most other support services?
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13 Aug
The Internet Never Forgets - Why Search Engines are the Elephant in the Criminal Records Room.

Expanding on @DavidLammy's article…
When we consider that 11million (1 in 6) people live with the label of 'criminal' or 'ex-offender', there is merit in suggesting that criminal records should be sealed in those cases where someone has made serious progress in living a crime-free life.
Far more important however, than reforming the framework around criminal records and disclosure, is the archiving of contemporaneous online reports and commentary, and their accessibility via search engines.
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24 Jul
Delighted to present the PRISONER EMPLOYMENT webinar & in which I share my story.

Thank you so much @Prison_Learning & @StandOutPP

Audio file & background:…

Video recording:…

Transcription would be appreciated, can anyone help?
The book referenced "How to get a GREAT JOB when you have a CRIMINAL RECORD" is available here…

"If Criminals Can Change then So Should Society" is available here…
You can find out more about Ex-seed employment agency and recruitment network, and also contact us here
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10 Jul
My daughter Hope Martin BA (Hons) is illustrating this short story which I wrote in prison in 2018 & we will publish it together.

The subject is not to everyone's taste but to others it will reinforce a message of hope & confidence in the future.

Feedback welcomed & appreciated
The Author

In a moment of quiet contemplation an author started to write some words…

His inspiration, combined with visualisation and a vivid imagination, brought the words to life.
The scenes, characters and stories began to take shape, they became real and the author’s own surroundings began to change.

Like a switched off television that someone points a remote control at, the light came on.
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I asked my wife what the worst part of me being away was and she said it was the prison transfers.

Not knowing where & how far away, the fear of accidents (no seat belts basically hurling around in a small metal phone box size booth), what the new prison would be like etc
Being woken up and told "pack your stuff; you're leaving" is quite challenging.

No time to say goodbye to friends or prison workplace colleagues, just time to shove belongings into big plastic bags & (if lucky) quickly phone home to say you are being 'shipped-out'.

Due to overcrowding or security, these transfers are often to a prison which is frequently 2 hours or more away from families & support networks.

This is despite the prison service having a stated intention of preserving and strengthening family ties.

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