• The Arts

      Hell Unlimited

      Where Shakespeare Met Goethe

      by Joanne Maria McNally

      In short, incisive scenes this novella explores the role of theatre, film, dreams and nightmares in and beyond life in a situation of sadistic imprisonment, and explores the way the inevitable and dramatic unfolding of their oppressors’ horrific plans impact upon the lives of three individuals (who are also artists) and their friendship. The novella has a contemporary feel due to the framing of it in the present and in the form of a talk to an audience. It opens with the main character, an elderly famous actor known only as Carl, reciting Shakespeare to the walls of a dilapidated barrack. His much younger friend, an acclaimed photographer and cameraman known only as Carl’s friend, and a new arrival to the camp, breaks the illusion of Carl’s apparent spell of madness with ‘his rescue’ of Carl by reciting some lines from Carl’s earlier portrayal of Goethe’s Mephistopheles on the stages in Prague, and by reminding him of their shared friendship and companionship before the terror was unleashed. Simultaneously, the backdrop of evil, and Faust’s pact with the devil is brought immediately into sharp focus, and is omnipresent in various forms throughout as the protagonists struggle with their sense of theatre and reality before and since life in the camp and their own use of illusion, illicit theatrical performances and dreams as a self-preservation strategy during their imprisonment. Lines from Shakespeare and Goethe’s ‘Faust’ are interspersed with the characters’ own reflections and interactions and lift the characters to a higher plain, and beyond the immediate brutal circumstances and oppression. The slow-moving opening gives way to an ever-increasing momentum as external circumstances plunge the two main protagonists into situations which force them to the edge of humanity. The work sounds very interesting indeed Patrick Spottiswode, Director, Globe Education The novella also exists as a play (updated by the author between 2011- 2013).

    • Prisons

      Drug Treatment in Prison

      An Evaluation of the RAPt Treatment Programme

      by Carol Martin (Author), Elaine Player (Author)

      This text provides the findings of a two-year study into the effectiveness of the RAPt treatment programme which enables male prisoners with self-confessed misuse to lead a drug- and alcohol-free life in prison and in the community after release.

    • Prisons

      Introduction to Prisons and Imprisonment

      by Nick Flynn (Author)

      Published in association with the Prison Reform Trust, and one of a series on criminal justice and the penal system, this book covers the History of imprisonment in England and Wales, prison conditions, the prison population, and regimes from reception to discharge.

    • Prisons

      Murderers and Life Imprisonment

      Containment, Treatment, Safety and Risk

      by Eric Cullen (Author), Tim Newell (Author)

      Provides an examination of 'Who Are the Lifers?' (including a 1st/USA comparison). This book covers topics such as: 'The Structure of a Life Sentence', 'The Psychology of the Murderer', 'Containment and Treatment', 'Discretionary Lifer Panels' and a range of ethical and human rights issues.

    • Prisons

      Invisible Women

      What's Wrong With Women's Prisons?

      by Angela Devlin (Author)

      Recreates the realities of prison life for a woman at the end of the twentieth century, as conditions worsen with overcrowding, staff shortages and expenditure cuts. This book describes the over-use of medication as a means of control; the plight of ethnic minority women, and the self-mutilation and suicide attempts of female prisoners.

    • Prisons

      Prisons and the Voluntary Sector

      A Bridge into the Community

      by Shane Bryans (Editor), Roma Walker (Editor)

      From 2002 there has been a major initiative to engage the voluntary sector and wider community in the work of prisons. This work edited by three experts and containing contributions by a range of informed commentators seeks to enable both parties to understand what is involved.

    • Prisons

      Grendon Tales

      Stories from a Therapeutic Community

      by Ursula Smartt (Author)

      Grendon Prison with its 'Therapuetic Communities' of high security 'residents' has remained noted among Britain's prisons. The author was given access to interview residents and prison staff. At times she found the experience overwhelming, but it is her style which allowed her to write about matters which might otherwise prove raw and distressing.

    • Prisons

      Cell Mates/Soul Mates

      Stories of Prison Relationships

      by Angela Devlin (Author)

      This title is based on extensive research by the author into a largely neglected aspect of imprisonment: the development of intimate relationships by "inside" and "outside" partners despite the physical and formal barriers.

    • Penology & punishment

      Hanging in the Balance

      A History of the Abolition of Capital Punishment in Britain

      by Brian P. Block (Author), John Hostettler (Author)

      "Hanging in the Balance" traces the History of capital punishment in the United Kingdom from ancient times to the modern day - through periods of reform until hanging for murder was finally abolished by Parliament in 1969. It describes in detail the Parliamentary and public debates, and notes the stance taken by organizations and individuals (including the tenacious and persistent Sydney Silverman MP). The book collates data and references not previously brought together in one place-and in exploring the underlying issues and the recurring arguments about deterrence, retribution and expediency it provides an invaluable resource vis-a-vis the same debate in the many countries where capital punishment still exists.Lord Callaghan was home secretary at the time of abolition. His 'Foreword' conveys how strong his personal feelings were concerning the death penalty from the time he entered Parliament in 1945. The book's closing chapters record how his insistence that abolition should become permanent ultimately overcame the still considerable opposition. Capital punishment was finally abolished in 1999 throughout the UK. For all practical purposes this had already happened in 1969 when the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965 was made fully effective into following a trial period.

    • Penology & punishment

      In Place of Rage and Violence

      Poems and Stories from Welford Road

      by Tim Reeves (Author)

      A collection of the thoughts, experiences and feelings of prisoners at Welford Road.

    • Prisons

      Restorative Justice in Prisons

      A Guide to Making it Happen

      by Kimmett Edgar (Author), Tim Newell (Author)

      Offering a fresh perspective on the needs of victims, this book explains how restorative justice can be delivered in the prison setting. It is intended to enable prisons and the practitioners who work in and with them to translate the theory into action.

    • Prisons

      The Little Book of Prison

      A Beginners Guide

      by Frankie Owens (Author)

      Winner of a Koestler Platinum Award (judged by author and comedian Will Self). As Frankie Owens writes in The Little Book of Prison (LBP), “Society wants to know about prison life, an interesting place to visit but you wouldn’t want to live there”. An easy-to-read prison survival guide of do's and don'ts. Perfect for anyone facing trial for an offence that may lead to imprisonment, their families and friends. Packed with humour as well as more serious items. Backed by prisoner support organizations. Straightforward and highly entertaining. Frankie started writing the LBP from day two of entering prison as a first-time offender. He had no idea how the system or a prison worked. He was clueless about it all and it was hard for him going in and frightening for the family and loved ones he left behind. The writing began as self-help and as the days progressed it occurred to Frankie that the LBP would prove useful to first-time offenders as well as other prisoners and help them get through what is surely one of the most difficult times in their lives. It also motivated him to get out on the prison wing and find out as much as possible about his new home. There are a lot of books about people in prison, people in far worse places than Frankie was and on far longer sentences. But the LBP is a book about prison not people, and will help new inmates, their friends and families get to know what to expect from the system. The LBP is a masterpiece in comic writing but somehow gets through to people with serious information in a way that more formal texts cannot. Already organizations connected to the criminal justice system are beginning to acknowledge that Frankie Owen’s LBP is an ideal read for people facing the trauma of a first prison sentence. It will also be of considerable interest to other prisoners or people working in a custodial setting. "If people want to know what prison is like it's for them, if people need to know what happens in prison it’s definitely for them". Reviews 'Our awards judges don’t give a Platinum Award lightly, and this book is a winner on more than one level. It is a practical and totally frank introduction to real life in the British prison system - probably the best introduction there is. But it is also a wonderfully human narrative and a sharply argued critique - the wit and wisdom of one inmate who turns out to be a born writer. I was gripped from start to finish - roared with laughter one minute, winced with pain the next, and was left wondering why we have prisons at all': Tim Robertson, Chief Executive, The Koestler Trust 'Absolutely hilarious, I'm not sure it'll ever be standard prison issue but maybe it should be! Packed full of witty and wry observations and some extremely pertinent advice. It is well-structured, easy to read and informative. I hope he continues writing as The Little Book of Prison is something that the general public would love to read as well as a guide book for other prisoners': Koestler Award Judges As featured in The Guardian; in leading prison newspaper Inside Time; in Church Times; on BBC Radio; and around the web, including RSA, The Huffington Post, Sabotage Times. Author Frankie Owens was prisoner A1443CA at Her Majesty’s pleasure until 2 August 2011. If he had been given the information gathered in LBP, he thinks that the first weeks inside would have been better and the learning curve not as steep.

    • Prisons

      Going Straight

      After Crime and Punishment

      by Angela Devlin (Author), Bob Turney (Author)

      Includes interviews with people who have 'succeeded' after being in prison. This book looks at a range of criminals including famous, notorious, creative and ordinary people who were prepared to talk about the turning point in their lives - the events which caused them to leave crime behind.

    • Prisons

      Pain and the Pride

      Life Inside the Colorado Boot Camp

      by Brian Block (Author)

      Covers various aspects of the regime at Buena Vista, Colorado. This book contains a comparison based on the experimental regime at Britain's Thorn Cross young offender institution (the British boot camp). It is useful to people and practitioners across a broad spectrum, particularly sentencers and people concerned with prisons.

    • Prisons

      Prison Writing

      A Collection of Fact, Fiction and Verse

      by Julian Broadhead (Editor), Laura Kerr (Editor)

      A collection of writings by prisoners and other people connected with prisons, from the United Kingdom and beyond. This book is published annually in book form and promotes creative writing among prisoners.

    • Prisons

      Women, Drugs and Custody

      The Experiences of Women Drug Users in Prison

      by Margaret Malloch (Author)

      Explores the approach of HM Prison Service for England and Wales and the Scottish Prison Service to drug users in prison, focusing on the experiences of women drug users, looking at items such as: policies and guidelines; the experiences of women drug users; the views of prison staff; and 'medicalising', and 'criminalizing' of women drug users.

    • Prisons

      Prison on Trial

      by Thomas Mathiesen (Author)

      Explains how contemporary events are changing the boundaries of crime and punishment and increasing the risks to civil liberties and the Rule of Law. This book is intended for those seeking to understand the modern trend towards locking-up people and distils the arguments for and against incarceration.

    • Local history

      For Whom the Bell Tolls

      A Century of Executions


      From its original location in Swansea Castle to its present home on a patch of land still known as Cox's Farm, Swansea Prison has had a long and colourful history. In this accessible and fully illustrated book, author Peter Goodall charts the most dramatic moments in the history of the prison, retelling the stories behind the fourteen executions which took place there between 1858 and 1958. Drawing upon material from local newspapers and eyewitness accounts, this volume offers a highly readable account of this aspect of the prison's history. Beginning with the execution of two Greek sailors for a drunken murder committed while their ship was in port, and concluding with such pitiful tales as that of a local man who threw his small daughter off Swansea Pier, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a gripping read. The text is punctuated by illustrations and text boxes that include especially interesting snippets of extra information. It will appeal to an extremely wide readership among both the tourist and local market, as well as to those interested generally in popular as well as criminal history.

    • Prisons

      All the World's a Cage

      Dark Days at Steele Road Prison

      by Maggie Marshall (Author)

      Based in and around Steele Road Women's Prison and the lives of the people who are held there and who work there. The book's authentic background, based on Maggie Marshall's direct personal experiences, makes it compelling reading.

    • Prisons

      Prison(Er) Education

      Stories of Change and Transformation

      by David Wilson (Editor), Anne Reuss (Editor)

      A collection of writings about the transforming power of education in British prisons. Edited by two of the leading experts on prison education in the 1st - Professor David Wilson and Dr Anne Reuss, this book is a collection of essays written by leading prison education practitioners and prisoners.

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