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Prison ships passing in the night

By Peter Wayne   April 2001

I wasn’t sorry to wave goodbye to Wandsworth, even if it was from the cramped compartment in the back of a Securicor meatwagon. Two months there had been more than enough time to reflect on and recover from my recent delinquency. Ahead of me lay a four-and a-half-hour journey to the south-west of England. The allocations department told me I was fortunate to have been tagged for drop off at the Weare, which for the last four years has formed the third part of a triumvirate of prisons on the rock solid isle of Portland. Also known as “The Boat,”…

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