What did you do to end up in prison?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 14, 2020 04:56 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 14, 2020 04:56 AM

I volunteered.

I am an independent prison monitor.

Every British prison has an Independent Monitoring Board appointed by the Queen (in theory, I never practice by the Ministry of Justice) with the duty to ensure that prisoners are kept safe, treated fairly and decently and have a chance at rehabilitation. We have the right to go anywhere we want at any time in the prison, to see any records kept by the prison and to speak with any prisoner we want (if they are willing to speak with us). We are not prisoner advocates but are rather the public’s ears and eyes inside a prison. We have no powers except the duty to produce and publish an annual report and the right at any time to write to the Minister responsible for prisons who is required to reply.

Without us prisons would become closed, isolated institutions working entirely to their own agenda and setting their own inwardly focused cultures.

We are one of the reasons why British prisons are less awful than American prisons.

We are unpaid and would not want to be paid because this would threaten our independence.

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