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4.0 out of 5 stars A lighter regime
Finally transferred to an open prison Archer completes 636 remaining days his sentence in a more relaxed regime until he unwittingly breaks the conditions of a home visit. At the insistence of home secretary Blunkett, who seemed to believe tabloid untruths about Archer receiving preferential treatment, he is sent to the harsher regime of Lincoln until after 23 days an...
Published on 30 April 2007 by G. J. Weeks

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three prisons.
I was very interested to learn about Jeffrey's time in prison but I think three volumes is overdoing it somewhat. Okay, it's a diary but I think volume three was bordering on tedium. I am a big Archer fan and have read most of his books but this one doesn't cut it. I actually stop reading it from time to time and read something else. I WILL finish it but when.....? Sorry...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master Storyteller, 30 Oct 2014
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I enjoyed this account of life in prison so much, I ordered the first book. Totally unjust verdict by a
Judge who should be ashamed of himself. Consider recent verdicts for more serious crimes. However, Jeffrey made good us of his time and gave, I felt, an honest account of prison life. Two thing stand out, one the importance drugs play in crime and their effect in prison and thus the problem of overcrowding, which is going to become much worse and secondly the importance of having a loving, loyal family to support the prisoner. The family didn't commit a crime but they are the ones who also suffer.
Well done Jeffrey, out of sorrow has come some kind of good in that you have enlightened us on the outside as to what goes on inside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very revealing., 12 Jun 2013
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G. M. Donald "Gaga" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This and the other prison diaries should be compulsory reading at secondary school. If more youngsters had an insight in to prison life they may be less likely to turn to crime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Home Secretaries take note, 14 May 2006
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Having read the other 2 diaries I was looking forward to the final installment. Archer did not disappoint and what came across to me was the gross injustices in the system. Having never experienced the prison system from the inside it was a fascinating - though depressing, and at times very touching - read.

This Trilogy should be compulsory reading for all Home Secretaries and those involved in policy making in the criminal justice system. It is no wonder that such a high proportion of offenders reoffend, for a variety of reasons. Archer doesn't have all the answers to the ills in the prison system (although he does come up with some suggestions) but without knowing what actually happens 'on the inside' what hope is there for any reform?
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... press - but gave this a go - an excellent read mostly because it was real - even in ..., 13 Aug 2014
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Never read a Jeffrey before - he always came across as pompous and out of touch with real life - let alone some allegedly dubious behaviour reported by the press - but gave this a go - an excellent read mostly because it was real - even in prison he shows a naivety of real life - he didn't know prison officers wore clip-on ties - (as do traffic wardens) etc - duh! - a few similar examples in the book - and no I haven't been to prison myself - you just know these things - have 2 more books to read in the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and illuminating., 9 Nov 2014
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The third volume, surprisingly perhaps, continues to entertain. The daily grind of undramatised prison life with its continual boredom and occasional minor dramas would not ordinarily tempt any reader to push on with this instalment particularly after two previous and not dissimilar books. What is remarkable is that Archer somehow keeps the reader swept up in the banality of it all. It is actually a page-turner and a lengthy one at that. A pity there is no fourth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The first diary is by far the superior, full of facts, 16 Sep 2014
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By this time in the saga you're getting a little tired of the same scenarios and,to be fair to the author,he recognises this. Thin in content, and insubstantial. Even the release which, after three heavy tomes, we are looking forward to, is something of an anti-climax, and poorly written. After all, isn't that the whole point from the very beginning? The first diary is by far the superior, full of facts, emotion and a page turner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A self-indulgent diary - but revealing, 10 Oct 2014
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An illuminating diary of prison life, but underlying the entire text is Jeffrey Archer's disappointment at the length of his sentence, and it is clear he did indeed receive not exactly preferential treatment but was given a fairly easy ride at his open prison. It is not explained why he should have retained his House of Lords membership, left in a position of authority and influence following a conviction for perjury. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 5 Oct 2014
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I shall miss reading this fascinating series, I too had huge misconceptions about the same things as archer, the prison system is worse than I feared. one can see how the whole system is creating a bigger problem with first time offenders being drawn into a much wider criminal world. changes need to be made to change the long-term effects. brilliant writing and I am so glad I gave this series a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be read by everyone to see how unbalanced our ..., 8 Nov 2014
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Mrs. M. Winch-furness "Mariath" (Cambridge. U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Should be read by everyone to see how unbalanced our prison system is, and how a biased judge can make or break
the sentencing of the prisoners. I hope that those responsible for the mal administration can not sleep in their beds due to a guilty conscience,and perhaps they will remember the maxim when they are more mature of "do as you would be done by"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The government could do well to read all three of ..., 27 July 2014
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The government could do well to read all three of Jeffrey Archer's diaries. From his experiences and listening to fellow prisoners, they could learn such a lot and become more aware of prisoners being sent down, never having taken drugs in their lives, but upon leaving they have become addicts. There is something so wrong here.
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