You can actually see her smiling don't you think?
Anyhow today's blog......well it's about the super prison which is planned to be built some twenty miles away. Apparently it is going to be the biggest penitentiary in the UK with over 2000 cons being banged up at any one time!
There is going to be a recruitment drive locally for Prision officers and the like, and I guess the knock on effect of support services will help with the poor employment figures in the area.
I have only one experience of prison life and that was in the American midwest.
I was visiting a spinal rehabilitation centre and asked my nursing guide why the unit had so many portering staff.
" Portering staff?" She repeated, confused at my question
" You know all the men in orange uniforms that are taking the patients to gym and occupational therapy"
" oh them" the nurse said " they're prisioners from the local prison"
The prisoners proved to be an invaluable asset to the rehab unit. Not only did they carry out portering duties, they ran messages, fed the patents who were unable to feed themselves and interacted , albeit on a supervised level with the mainly young patient population of the facility.
I asked the nurse why having the prisioners around worked so well
And she gave me some guff about " raising self esteem, getting cons beck into the workplace and intigrating people of all classes and experiences"
" oh" she added with a smile " they are cheap"