Prisoners Riot in Winson Green Prison, UK

December 19, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

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Hazel Speed

Prisons in the UK are in crisis. Understaffing, overcrowding and suicides.

It was inevitable therefore that a catalyst, such as the riot at Winson Green, would occur, and to the extent as shown in the attached link.

At the time of writing this article the authorities were to move 240 inmates from the prison, the full extent of bodily harm to both Prison Guards and selected prisoners throughout, never mind the Prison itself, not yet fully determined.

Given the stringent procedures of any prison it is worrying that drugs and drug-trading is so prevalent.

During a riot situation no prisoner is safe from another who wishes to settle any outstanding issues with a fellow inmate.

Presently, it is unknown what the specific trigger was causing this situation. So far the rumours are that there was no TV, gymnasium, and that prisoners were stuck in their cells for long periods of time.

In this age of IT the prisoners have been taking selfies of themselves wearing the very riot gear which the Prison Guards should be wearing at this time.

The old belief that prisoners should not have so many luxuries or privileges is tempered against modern human rights as to the day and age in which we live.

This is one story that will at least  generate an Enquiry due to the magnitude and propensity of other prisons to emulate elements should the opportunity permit.









Hazel Speed

Photo (c) Hazel Speed – used by kind permision to Tuck Magazine

Hazel Speed is a Philosopher, Writer, and Artist with various creative projects at differing stages of development. Her flaship project is an animation which has produced a film short: She has also written an E-novel, ‘Just Suppose…!‘ which is available via the attached link.

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