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The prisoner

Peter Wayne says goodbye to Crack Cocaine Trevor and reflects on his own imminent release

By Peter Wayne   November 1997

Spice up your Sex Life, reads the condom awareness poster stuck high above the door in the “hold and search” area of Lindholme prison’s reception area. From what I can gather the authorities actually give prophylactics out as part of every man’s release package. Along with a bar of soap, a tube of toothpaste, a disposable razor, a sachet of shampoo and a stick of roll-on deodorant, these little going-home presents are packed neatly away ready to hand out to discharges in those blue nylon BEA-type shoulder bags which were all the rage with schoolchildren back in the late 1960s.

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