On ward three at Belmarsh prison, we have all committed crimes of violence. In my case I solicited murder, being incapable of the act, but three of the others actually carried it out.
It has broken one of them. Ahmad, a gentle middle-aged Asian man, killed a stranger with a pair of broken scissors in a moment of cannabis-induced psychosis. Now he paces the ward endlessly, wondering aloud whether he will eventually go to a mental hospital, as he hopes, or whether he must face a prison sentence. He has become a hunchback during his 11 months here, and shakes,…
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