Shades Of The Prison House
In 1995 I retired after working forty years in the English Prison Service. At that time American Companies were interested in opening private prisons in the England. To help them prepare I was sent to visit prisons in Fort Worth, Otter Creek, Kentucky and Louisville. In spite of the guns on display, there existed the same sense of humour, together with stories of triumph over tragedy and humanity....
Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 28, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
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My novel tells Tim Clark's story. He was born in Liverpool. Streetwise, his life style inevitably led to conflict with the police and justice system. Constant appearances before the Courts lead to fines, probation, juvenile institutions, and finally Prisons, with sentences getting longer. His resolve to go straight on release, like many offenders, rarely lasts. Sometimes a family member can help but all too often good intentions are not enough. All of the characters existed their names changed to protect the guilty! Their stories are part of my career as a Prison Governor. Like their American counterparts my characters including Tim Clark, show disregard for the law, pain, and poor management of relationships; but together with the prison staff and their relatives these men can demonstrate humour and humanity. Tim learns to use his acquired knowledge both to improve his position in custody and with his knowledge of criminal activities, to improve his financial position. He still falls foul of the law but eventually seeks to change sides and becomes a private detective, a change the police view with understanding scepticism. He continues, scrapes with the law and criminals. He realises the futility of his way of life and seeks to help young people by using his savings to start a youth club. At the end, like Pandora's box, hope is left and ultimately triumphs.