Wednesday, February 9, 2011
When a prisoner dies, why do staff clear his property out of his cell by putting it in bin-bags?
The prison service has its own line of bespoke property bags designed for - wait for it – prisoners’ property. To choose to use bin-bags for a dead man's possessions is a matter of choice.
It may just be a little thing, but it is the little things that comprise the fabric of prison life that inform the prisoners' views and attitudes of our keepers. And being categorised with rubbish is a useful indicator of management’s private view of us.