By David Leslie
Britain's prisons have handled an enormous variety of inmates through the years – from notorious criminals to celebrities to the wrongfully convicted. Banged Up now tells the tale of six of Britain's so much infamous jails – Durham, Wandsworth, Pentonville, Wormwood Scrubs, Dartmoor and Holloway – and of the lads and ladies who entered their gates, occasionally stood on their scaffolds and sometimes vanished ahead of their time.
There are well-known faces like Oswald Mosley, Dr Crippen, Ruth Ellis and Frankie Fraser in addition to the fellow who shot Martin Luther King Jr, the wartime double agent contacting Nazi spymasters with a transmitter in his telephone, the healthcare professional hanged as he smiled on the farewells of fans, the con who defied a gangland godfather, aristocrats, arsonists and murderers. they've got all been the following, and the screws who safeguard Britain's prisons have obvious it all.
Banged Up uncovers the genuine, human, within tale of what rather is going on behind...
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3 The Three Sisters THE MEN AND WOMEN who guard convicts like to be known as prison officers, but to most inmates they are warders or, more popularly, screws, a term that did not appear by accident. For decades, judges, when dealing with criminals, would sentence them to so many years of ‘penal servitude with hard labour’. Penal servitude the criminals expected – it was really just a different way of telling them they were being punished; however, hard labour they dreaded. Prisoners sent to Dartmoor were luckier than others, relatively speaking.
Before the Bishop decided a new jail was needed, the punishment cells at Durham were a cold, miserable hell in which men and women offenders were often left in pitch darkness chained to the floor. The segregation unit at Dartmoor was a row of damp, dank rooms, the walls glistening with moisture, and the thickness of the walls made communication between inmates impossible. Prisoners might spend weeks on end in solitary confinement, their warders not even breaking the monotony by speaking. A few almost relished this misery; many others couldn’t stop themselves from breaking prison rules and being thrown into solitary cells, or facing other penalties that included losing remission, not being allowed to mix with others, receiving punishment diets that left them constantly hungry and, worst of all, being flogged.
The chosen design was estimated to cost £80,000 and would see the erection of four three-storey male wings each with seventy-two cells and two more wings each with fifty-six cells for women and juveniles on eight acres. Mayhew and Binny inspected Holloway, and in a lengthy report they described what they saw in one of the cells: ‘On the right hand corner by the door, were three small triangular shelves. The bedding was firmly rolled up, two blankets, a rug, pair of sheets, horsehair mattress and pillow which at night were put into a hammock suspended from two iron hooks.
Banged Up!. Doing Time in Britain's Toughest Jails by David Leslie