This blog is mainly about the governance and future of policing and crime services. (Police & Crime Commissioners feature quite a lot.) But there are also posts about the wider justice system. And because I am town councillor and political activist, local & national issues are covered a little, as well.

Monday, March 24, 2014

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times...

Regular readers will know that I not exactly a fan of this government. And I despair at many of their policies for being heartless, bad for the economy and just plain daft. But I have just heard about one that really takes the biscuit.

It would seem from this article that Chris Grayling is about to stop prisoners from getting books sent to them from their families. There is a petition to sign and I urge you sign it and let it be known far and wide that others should do so too.

This has surely got to be one the most STUPID policies ever dreamed up by this government. I am aghast at the blistering ignorance that must underpin this move. Oh yes, I expect it comes to down to money and probably the cost of proper security measures etc etc etc...

But really?! REALLY???!!!

We all know just how low literacy is amongst the prison population. We all know that improved literacy is a stepping stone to a life without crime. And we all know that keeping in touch with families is also another highly significant factor in assisting an offender turn away from crime. And we all know just how enlightening, educational and just pleasurable books can be.

Seriously Mr Grayling: WHAT are you thinking?!?!?! 

I could go on, but my blood pressure probably would not take it.

Just please sign the petition... now! Thanks.


  1. Judy Olsen24/3/14 13:46

    Check out ECHR, Article 10. " receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority"

    1. Thanks Judy - some comfort - but we now await the court case?