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I rather like this new prison. And being imprisoned has many benefits—I have lost weight, made friends and learned a tremendous amount. I may even be happy here

By CAR Hills   November 2008

A modern British prison is often a surprisingly gentle place. This is particularly true of my current establishment, Lowdham Grange, where large numbers of mature and thoughtful men are serving long sentences.

The authorities rule us according to a mechanistic philosophy. Progress within the prison is measured by movement between the residential houseblocks. We start out on a tough wing, where we are locked up if not at work or otherwise engaged. If our conduct is acceptable, we move to C-wing, where we can visit the prison yard during the day but there is frequent drugs testing. Finally, if we…

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