40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 1 Teacher Diary: the interview

Since moving to London from Devon a year or so ago I had had several jobs, none of which were permanent.  I mostly got these jobs through agencies, with the best one in my experience being Barnes Agency in Ovalham, southwest London.  I had completed my previous assignment, a fairly routine office job, and was … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 1 Teacher Diary: the interview

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 2: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 1

HMP Mayfield is a complex closed women's prison run by Paratech Justice Services. It holds up to 587 women, including all categories - those remanded by the courts, those serving short sentences, and a number serving life sentences. Ages range from 18 to over 70.  It also holds restricted status women, or women who are … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 2: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 1

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 3 Teacher Diary: the class observation

There were about 10 women in the class I observed Megan teaching. They were a mixed age group with younger women predominating. There were two older women from Jamaica in the class, probably in prison for trying to smuggle drugs through Smithson airport: many prisoners are in Mayfield for this.  I was sitting beside a … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 3 Teacher Diary: the class observation

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 4 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 2

As at the last inspection the weakest outcomes were in the provision of purposeful activity. The findings of this report in this area are as follows.  Time out of cell was reasonable although some women were locked up during the day and could have been more purposefully occupied. The range of vocational training had improved … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 4 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 2

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 5 Teacher Diary: the job begins

My first day working at Mayfield. The weather was very bad: it was cold and pouring with rain. I got the bus to the train station and arrived at Mayfield just before 8:00 AM.  As before, I handed my mobile in at security.  Jasmin met me and took me up to the education area, where … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 5 Teacher Diary: the job begins

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 6 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 3

Safety At the last inspection we found that outcomes for women in Mayfield were reasonably good against healthy prison tests. We made 15 recommendations in the area of safety. At this follow up inspection we found that nine of the recommendations had been achieved, two had been partially achieved, one had not been achieved and … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 6 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Report into Mayfield Prison Extract 3

40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 7 Teacher Diary: learning more about the job

I started the day at work once again shadowing Megan. I was learning a lot and I also managed to do some work with the students. I was impressed with the way that a young woman about 20 years old helped Diana, another young woman, who is particularly difficult to deal with. It is good … Continue reading 40 Days in Mayfield Women’s Prison; Chapter 7 Teacher Diary: learning more about the job

Harry Says Chapter 2: So Harry is a Goner

So Harry is a goner.  How many times have I heard that?  Harry’s all washed up, finished.  It was mousecrap then and it’s mousecrap now. I’ve heard it all before.  Wrong every time.  Harry always bounces back.  How many times have I said that, Harry always bounces back and I’m always right.  If I had … Continue reading Harry Says Chapter 2: So Harry is a Goner

Harry Says Chapter 4: Casino Byzantium

When the crowds were gone Porky sometimes liked to survey his domain, Casino Byzantium.  Others might call it Porky's Palace and Porky didn't mind that, but in his own mind it was always Casino Byzantium.  Casino Byzantium was situated in a large converted warehouse in London's docklands.  The original building had some of the grandeur … Continue reading Harry Says Chapter 4: Casino Byzantium