Monday, April 2, 2012

The Smoking Ban

Having stopped us from smoking outside, I took a few moments to read the full Smoking Policy. Such waffle is truly the domain only of prison nerds like myself.
It was interesting to see the differential between ourselves and staff in this document. If staff are caught smoking, his is to be dealt with "informally" in the first instance. If we are caught smoking, we are hit with an IEP warning.
Equally, under the heading of "Consultation", the policy explains just how staff and their unions were involved in discussions over this policy. The word "prisoner" is completely absent.
But then, we only make up 95% of the population of the prison, so why should any manager give a crap what we have to say?


  1. if and when you develop the ability to strike your way out of prison, the POA might lose its edge. Until then, you are screwed.

  2. I think this, as do some of the other blogs, show how prisoners are treated so differently. Has anyone heard about rehabilitation of prisoners - surely if this is a serious matter prisoners will become part of our community and perhaps should be part of 'consultations' and the like so that 'prisoners' know how to behave and what is expected of them in the community. I know first hand how some prisoners are treated negatively and ignorantly by the system, officers, psychologists, etc etc and it is no wonder that these very prisoners do not know how to behave when leaving the establishments.

  3. My answer (anagramically speaking of course!) to 'The Smoking Ban' is: 'A Bong Methinks'.

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