Prisonomics: Behind Bars in Britain's Failing Prisons
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When economist Vicky Pryce admitted taking speeding points meant for her former husband, the ex-Cabinet minister Chris Huhne, she found herself convicted of perverting the course of justice.After a very public trial she was sent to East Sutton Park prison near Maidstone. There, she kept a diary in which she recorded her very challenging experiences and her strong views on how the prison system works, especially with regard to how it treats women. The result, Prisonomics, will provide a compelling analysis of the cost to the economy, as well as the human cost, of keeping women in prison. In it, she uses her personal experiences and professional understanding to look at how prison works, and should work, from an economist's perspective. Royalties are being donated to Working Chance. Working Chance is a charity (1131802) which changes lives and changes society by finding women ex-offenders work.
and friendships, not violent like the men’s; on the whole, the most danger the women posed was to themselves. As one ex-governor said, ‘You could bring the walls down in a closed prison and the women just wouldn’t leave!’ 13 MARCH Up at 7 a.m. again and the same routine as the day before. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, however strange my new environment. It seemed to me that if one was determined there were lots of ways to survive it, at least for someone like me who was fortunate enough
there. According to the girls who were threatening to go and shake him down, he was hiding in a tree! He managed to take a couple of pictures after all, which made it into all the national newspapers, me dressed warmly in my winter clothes clutching some books and looking studious. I thought I looked OK – not harassed, in my own clothes, doing something useful. My children complained to the Press Complaints Commission and all my friends were horrified at the intrusion. I read what they had
years, walking around holding hands and kissing each other. After long, serious chats with my brother I felt exhausted after he left but I was told that he was much more cheerful about it all during the return journey. Because it was Easter Sunday and there was a bank holiday on Easter Monday there was another bingo night – and I won my Flake! 1 APRIL After lunch we had a session with the lady governor and we were invited to watch a video sent by head office in which Michael Spurr, the current
didn’t seem to be sure why she was in prison. After some time she told me how she had met another Pakistani in the park. They started going out together but he soon wanted to introduce her to some others for sex. She had said no. There was then apparently a burglary in his house and he accused her of letting burglars in and stealing his TV and other possessions. What other things, I don’t know. What happened to him? Nothing. Did you take his TV? No, she said, she only went to his house twice. Of
intended. Of late, there have been court cases involving celebrities accused of paedophile incidents. There have also been well-publicised court cases about gangs of men grooming young girls for prostitution. And one fact emerges again and again: it is children in care who are most at risk. It would seem logical to do all in our power to reduce the number of children taken into care yet every time a judge sends a mother to prison the statistics show that the chances of the children left