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July 4, 2019

Sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for Supply class A & Money Laundering meant that I was to spend nearly 3 years in prison & pretty much lose everything.

I was finally released from HMP Guys Marsh in Jan 2019 at 0930 on a Friday morning with just a carrier bag of be...

December 9, 2018

Yesterday we experienced a turning point at the prison.  I say experienced because all those apart of it felt it and it was energising and heart-warming.

The event was simple.  We got all our mentors, reps and growth team members in a room and appreciated them.  With a...

October 12, 2018

Steve Robertson (Dep Governor of HMP Guys Marsh) and myself were fortunate enough to present the Growth Project at the Criminal Justice Management Conference last month.  This was the first time we have discussed the Growth Project to a public audience and naturally th...

September 1, 2018

Today the growth team had their first visitor since we recruited 8 new members. there was a sense of apprehension as we all met in our hut and shuffled papers around, making small talk. The visitor was a lady with 20 years experience of prisons and someone who may show...

August 20, 2018

The following blog is an intimate account of a sad experience within a prison. Unfortunately this blog provides an insight into the daily reality faced by prisoners and by the staff who work to care for them. 

(Pseudo names have replaced actual names)

I received the call...

August 13, 2018

Today the Growth Project reflected on some of the most powerful events that have taken place at Guys Marsh over the past 2 years and concluded that the loss exhibition remains one of the most significant experiences at the prison during this time of reform.  After the...

August 8, 2018

Welcome to the community fair! I just want to borrow your attention for a few moments to talk about how this event came about and why we are doing it. The charities we support today are Hemihelp and Macmillan.  Macmillan because it means something to us, as Debs will s...

August 2, 2018

I remember the moment a strong, passionate prison manager came up to me and conveyed her idea of a coffee morning in an enhanced houseblock and her subsequent significantly more courageous plan of holding an all prison MacMillan Coffee Morning in the grounds.  This mem...

July 10, 2018

For many people, prisoners and non-prisoners, art is a medium that is used to express ones self. Art can provide an open window into someones mind and dreams and enable them to escape from their reality, if only temporarily. As Thomas Merton said, 'Art enables us to fi...

July 6, 2018

I dread that notice in a prison reception. For those that work in prison you will know that notice and that realisation that someone who you may have been speaking to the day before is no longer alive. It makes me feel sick to my very core and desperate to find out if...

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