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Old 20-08-2008, 20:39
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What is life really like in Prison are you likely to be attacked at any moment?

How bad is the food and what is the daily routine like.?

Do you really have lights out like on television?


Are things worse then we think or better?

And lastly is it really risky to pick up your soap in the shower?
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:40
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:41
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It's pretty grim I think.
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:42
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Not nice.
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:42
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I'm sure you'll find out soon enough.
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:43
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Big Brother without the weekly evictions.
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:44
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What is life really like in Prison are you likely to be attacked at any moment?

How bad is the food and what is the daily routine like.?

Do you really have lights out like on television?


Are things worse then we think or better?

And lastly is it really risky to pick up your soap in the shower?
going to court are we?
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:44
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I'm sure you'll find out soon enough.
Not until free speech becomes a crime.

I should have a few months left anyway.
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:44
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I think it's like Prisoner Cell Block H in ladies prisons
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:44
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going to court are we?
No just curious.
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:45
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I think it depends on the category of the prison/prisoner and what they're in for.
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Old 20-08-2008, 20:50
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I think its probably really crap, probably best to get with the right crowd lol.
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Old 20-08-2008, 21:16
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Big Brother without the weekly evictions.
That's what I was thinking. All those people crammed in together, no or very little privacy, nobody can leave voluntarily- it has to be a pressure cooker.
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Old 20-08-2008, 21:31
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What is life really like in Prison are you likely to be attacked at any moment?

How bad is the food and what is the daily routine like.?

Do you really have lights out like on television?


Are things worse then we think or better?

And lastly is it really risky to pick up your soap in the shower?
I was in prison about 15 years ago. Whether or not things are better now I have no idea. My guess is that the general conditions have not changed much. It seems as though many people think that prison is like a holiday camp with luxury food menus, Playstations, Sky TV, well equipped gyms etc. The media has very likely exaggerated that but very likely some luxuries are available. In my humble opinion that should never be the case. When I was in prison it was a harsh brutal regime and that is how it should be.

If anyone is remotely interested or curious I was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared (boring story really and hardly worth elaborating on).

Anyway, in anwer to the OP's question

Food? It varied per prison. Breakfast consisted of either cereal or a sausage with half a slice of fried bread. Lunch was meat of some sort with vegetables. Evening meal perhaps a sandwich. Cup of tea served in the morning and evening. Coffee on rare occasions. Most prisoners use to say they were Muslims as you got food that was freshly prepared. Bizarre but true!

Worse or better? That depended on how mentally strong you were. The weak were preyed on by the stronger. Simple as that. Depression, boredom, tension, stress very common indeed. Most prisoners were in their cells 23 hours a day - sometimes 24 hours. It depended on whether or there were enough prison officers to supervise the exercise areas. Cells were 12 x 5 foot on average. Designed for one but usually had 3 prisoners in there all using their own buckets. No toilets or sinks in the cells at that time.

Getting a job was always a good idea as you got you out of your cell. Library visit once a week with a maximum of 6 books. Showers and change of clothes once a week. Once a month a film if very lucky. One time the film Gorillas in the Mist was shown. Some of the black prisoners took this as an insult and there was nearly a riot. That is an example of how close tensions were to the surface. As for lights - on at 6am and out at 9pm - 7 days per week.

Picking up soap in the shower? What the OP really means is whether or not men were raped. The answer to that is yes but did not happen too often. Anyone seen "that scene" in the film Scum? There may be times when prisoners were allowed to mingle, that is, a common area perhaps or maybe the prison officers allowed prisoners to visit other cells. If a particular prisoner was deemed to be efeminate in some way or especially quite or timid he would be a target. He would be befriended usually, invited to a cell for a game of cards......and you can guess the rest. He would possibly get the option of a HIV test a while after getting his backside stitched up or repaired in some form.

I am curious if things have changed now. I have no intention of satisfying that curiosity though.
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Old 20-08-2008, 21:33
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YorkieUK, I admire your honesty and thank you for that insight
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Old 20-08-2008, 21:35
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My dads inside and as i don't see him my grandparents often mention him and say its really grim for him and crap and that apparently its a disgrace to human rights. wtf! Anyway he deserves to be there lol. Yeh ive always wondered aboutt he soap!
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Old 20-08-2008, 21:41
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YorkieUK, I admire your honesty and thank you for that insight
Thank you. I appreciate that.
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Old 20-08-2008, 21:50
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Thank you. I appreciate that.
same here btw, i think its great and you seem like a reformed person. I really admire people who can tell their story and yet turn their life around.
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Old 20-08-2008, 22:13
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same here btw, i think its great and you seem like a reformed person. I really admire people who can tell their story and yet turn their life around.
But he didn't do anything to need reforming from - read it again
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Old 20-08-2008, 22:15
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But he didn't do anything to need reforming from - read it again
eek Lol now i really apologise!
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Old 20-08-2008, 22:17
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eek Lol now i really apologise!
Hehe

I agree with you though - got respect for people who can turn their lives around
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Old 20-08-2008, 22:20
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Not Disneyland.

I have heard is has got better though Yorkie. I can still think of better things to do though.
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Old 20-08-2008, 22:27
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I really wouldn't worry about it Softfuzz. Once the Black Helicopters track you down you won't be be seeing the inside of a court-room, let alone a prison.
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Old 20-08-2008, 23:35
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eek Lol now i really apologise!
You have no reason to apologise.
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Old 20-08-2008, 23:38
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I was in prison about 15 years ago. Whether or not things are better now I have no idea. My guess is that the general conditions have not changed much. It seems as though many people think that prison is like a holiday camp with luxury food menus, Playstations, Sky TV, well equipped gyms etc. The media has very likely exaggerated that but very likely some luxuries are available. In my humble opinion that should never be the case. When I was in prison it was a harsh brutal regime and that is how it should be.

If anyone is remotely interested or curious I was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared (boring story really and hardly worth elaborating on).

Anyway, in anwer to the OP's question

Food? It varied per prison. Breakfast consisted of either cereal or a sausage with half a slice of fried bread. Lunch was meat of some sort with vegetables. Evening meal perhaps a sandwich. Cup of tea served in the morning and evening. Coffee on rare occasions. Most prisoners use to say they were Muslims as you got food that was freshly prepared. Bizarre but true!

Worse or better? That depended on how mentally strong you were. The weak were preyed on by the stronger. Simple as that. Depression, boredom, tension, stress very common indeed. Most prisoners were in their cells 23 hours a day - sometimes 24 hours. It depended on whether or there were enough prison officers to supervise the exercise areas. Cells were 12 x 5 foot on average. Designed for one but usually had 3 prisoners in there all using their own buckets. No toilets or sinks in the cells at that time.

Getting a job was always a good idea as you got you out of your cell. Library visit once a week with a maximum of 6 books. Showers and change of clothes once a week. Once a month a film if very lucky. One time the film Gorillas in the Mist was shown. Some of the black prisoners took this as an insult and there was nearly a riot. That is an example of how close tensions were to the surface. As for lights - on at 6am and out at 9pm - 7 days per week.

Picking up soap in the shower? What the OP really means is whether or not men were raped. The answer to that is yes but did not happen too often. Anyone seen "that scene" in the film Scum? There may be times when prisoners were allowed to mingle, that is, a common area perhaps or maybe the prison officers allowed prisoners to visit other cells. If a particular prisoner was deemed to be efeminate in some way or especially quite or timid he would be a target. He would be befriended usually, invited to a cell for a game of cards......and you can guess the rest. He would possibly get the option of a HIV test a while after getting his backside stitched up or repaired in some form.

I am curious if things have changed now. I have no intention of satisfying that curiosity though.
Thanks for the long reply and it sounds like hell.

You did not even commit a crime I am very sorry.
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