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Leaving prison

Last year Prospect's prisoner completed a ten-year sentence. He was back inside 42 days later. Can he do better this time?

By Peter Wayne   July 1999

Early summer and it’s that time of my sentence again. Looking out of my cell window, I count the days to my release more cautiously this time around, hoping that I can do a little better than I did on my last, disastrous foray into the outside world.

Forty-two days I lasted then. My track record since the mid-1970s is not impressive. Twelve months in, two months out; twelve months in, six weeks out; three years in, three months out; four years in, 27 days out; ten years in… many readers will know the rest of my sorry story.


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