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Three Stories From The Inside

By Andy Mouncey, June 7, 2024
I’m inside for days at a time every month at the moment and have been since the start of the year. It will be by far the longest block of delivery I’ve done and while most of my focus is on delivering the work I also have bandwidth available to clock the other and often […]

The Cost Of Energy

By Andy Mouncey, May 3, 2024
I’m currently deep-dived at HMP Manchester formerly known as Strangeways  till an infamous riot and rooftop protest in 1990 forced a re-set  It’s one of 8 High Security prisons in England and as such houses men (and young adults) serving the longest sentences for the most serious of crimes. I’ve never worked in a high security prison […]

Falling Through The Cracks

By Andy Mouncey, February 22, 2024
‘Sorry we had to cancel your visit last minute,’ they said. ‘We had two Deaths In Custody.’ I had heard that this is what happened and it is exactly what the name suggests – someone had died while in the custody of His Majesty’s Prison Service – and typically what this means is that a […]

Conflicts of Courtship

By Andy Mouncey, October 6, 2023
August: Work begins in earnest to re-start my work behind bars at HMP Wymott and to assess options for a new and second start at HMP Manchester.  This work continues. Here’s a dip into what that has been like for me so far: Really Nice – And Yet. Someone waves frantically at me through the […]

Two Years Good

By Andy Mouncey, July 7, 2023
It’s nice to be wanted. It’s really nice to be wanted in a line of work where rejection can rule. It’s especially nice to be wanted when it’s backed by funding ‘cos that means you can stop fighting to stay alive for a while and focus on what you get out of bed for in […]
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