Inside - One Man's Experience of Prison Paperback – 29 Sep 2013
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In 1994 John Hoskison, a successful professional golfer, accepted a few drinks after a game and killed a cyclist when driving home. This work recounts his time inside one of Britain's toughest prisons following the incident: the squalor, violence, noise, stench, brutality, drugs and danger. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Found to be over the limit, he was sentenced to three years in jail. This is his story of that time.
Forget whatever you may hear about prison life from the government or the media or whomever - this book is by someone who has actually experienced the current conditions.
As well as detailing the authors thoughts and feelings over the period, which range from one end of the spectrum to the other, the book is also an indictment on the current regime.
The one thing that stands out above all others is the seeming reluctance on the part of anyone to do anything about rehabilitation. While prison is supposed to be a punishment, it seems that the inmates are rarely prepared for release, with the biggest differences being felt by those coming to the end of long sentences.
Imagine taking yourself out of society - even five years ago - and then dropping yourself back in now. Think of all the things that have changed between then and now. How would you cope, trying to catch up?
A compelling read.
An emotional , sometimes chilling read which demands to be read.
The final paragraphs complete the book in a most poignant manner and shows the compassion that one human being can show to another and really brings a tear to the eye.
A book that just has to be read.
From the start of the book I was gripped and engrossed. I couldn't and didn't want to put it down. John's choice of the action that he took that fateful night caused devastation to everyone that was associated to the family that John had never known and also to everyone that he loved and cared for, including himself.
His book shows how any life can be changed or taken away in the blink of an eye.
He shares his personal feelings due to the consequences of his actions and the experiences that he encountered whilst being punished for what ultimately was a devastating criminal act that caused loss of a life and resulted in him serving 4 years in a variety of England's prisons.
Not only does his account give a true insight at life and regime in some of the UK 's prisons, but it also tells of true compassion and forgiveness, and a desire to try and make a difference.
Reading this book causes you to be torn with your own emotions.
It also inspires and highlights the need to try to intercept and help young people break the cycle that they are falling into due to circumstances and peer pressure and prevent a life of crime and prison sentences.
It also highlights the lack and desperate need for a variety of rehabilitation programs, changes to clamping down on the easiness and readily availability of drugs, including changing the severity of the consequences for people who either smuggle or use.Read more ›
As he has to adapt and change his lifestyle and learn to sink or swim in an environment to which he never imagined that he would ever experience. As we travelled through John's experience of prison, we got an insight into prison life that we would never have been given by the government or by media.
This book is a good book and well worth the read. It might have been interesting to pad out the court case and get an insight to some of John's life/experiences after prison, what became of him and if he overcame some of the potential difficulties that he mentioned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite revealing inside look at the grim realities of the prison scene. Not that I fancied the prospect of ever doing time before having read this book, but I'm even surer now that... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Fred Moss
This book should be in the school libraries for all students from year 9 to read, it's a must
Very detailed book about the experience of a pro golfer who went to prison. I couldn't put the book (kindle) down from start to finish. Read morePublished 1 month ago by liveson
A page turner from start to finish, compulsive reading and thought provoking. A must for anyone who thinks prison is the "easy" option. A very honest & heartfelt account.Published 1 month ago by Nickey Walker
Good read gripping lines.
To hear it from Hoskisons point of view was good. I couldn't agree more around the issues of drug use. Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed the honesty of this man and the lessons he tried to learn from his stupid incident. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FAR2812
Really good book. I definitely had the wrong idea about prison life. This book is an eye opener to say the least. ExcellentPublished 1 month ago by Mrs. L. Mannion