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Prison gave Peter Wayne a heroin problem but prison may also be on the way to curing it

By Peter Wayne   April 1997

My whole world has been turned upside down. After a month at the Channings Wood therapeutic community, I feel expurgated, exhilarated and exhausted. The idea of creating such environments inside the conventional prison system has been talked about for years. At Grendon Underwood in Buckinghamshire, they actually set one up as early as 1962. Alas, I was expelled from that Adlerian island of enlightenment for apparently using my “highly developed intellectual skills to devalue and de-skill the officers when they attempted to perform their therapeutic roles.” That was 10 years ago. As I am now approaching 40 and the last…

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