Wednesday, March 23, 2011
My time at Cardiff was spent on what passes there for a "lifer wing". It was actually an enclave of men serving IPP's.
And they were not in a good way. A large number were living their days as if they were still serving short, fixed sentences. Just as many had no clue as to the nature of their sentence. The institution had told them nothing.
This is a disaster for them. If they neither appreciate that they are essentially serving life sentences and adjust their attitudes and behaviours accordingly, then their tariffs will become distant memories.
And if no one explains what is expected of them, how to manage their sentence and gain release, then the waste of human life will be tragic.