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IN IT by [Robinson, Jonathan]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1491 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BGBA4HQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've read several prison accounts and was recommended this one by Amazon. The book has a lot of good reviews and has two elements which were important to me (1) being 2011 it's recent so his experiences are still very relevant and (2) I've been into HMP Bedford so can easily visualise what he is describing.
Jonathan Robinson is in a small minority in the prison system, ie those prisoners who have humility and admit their mistakes by acknowledging that they deserve the treatment they receive while inside. That gives his writing huge pathos, which when combined with his observational humour encourages the reader to empathise with the situation. His humour is low key and appropriate which displays (as so many accounts do) that finding humour in prison is an effective coping strategy.
Physically the book feels odd. It is a paperback but is double the size of a usual book so looks like a text book and is difficult to carry about (as I usually do). Also there are no page numbers which I found oddly disorientating. The book was originally only published as an ebook but this version is published by Amazon so I expected a standard format.
The account illustrates the chaotic state of the prison service and, most importantly, it's effect on the individual. And it is that individual that is key, what works for some does not work for others. This book shows some interesting perspectives, there is no doubt that lots is wrong about the administration of JR's treatment but the whole experience has made him repent and determine not to go back (isn't that the whole point. He comes across many others though who treat prison as an occupational hazard.
I think this book will be of interest to anyone with an involvement in the system as it will educate and present opinions.
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By nogbad on 12 Jun. 2013
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I can't remember what brought me to this book but I'm glad I read it. I spend some of my time visiting prisons and working with prisoners and this book features all the characters I know from various jails. It conveys the authentic sounds, sights and smells of incarceration but does so in a readable manner; this isn't the denser prose of Aitken. I think JR may have been a bit unlucky with the range of officers he met but the non-uniformed staff in the libraries, healthcare and other agencies are drawn perfectly as are the frustrations of being enmeshed in a system with competing, contradictory objectives. It's also the longest love letter I've ever read. Anyone who thinks that this view of prison system is jaundiced might also look at John Podmore's book which is no less critical of the system but from a different perspective.

All up - a smashing read and I hope it is published on paper soon as I know a good few guys inside who would like to read it.
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I cannot agree with the people who gave this book a poor review particularly the person who said the time spent in jail was nothing compared to a ten year stretch I would imagine any time spent in prison would be just as terrifying for a first time I applaud Jonathan for this book although I did get a little confused with all the initials never the less I did like his analyse and thought his campaign worth while my biggest sympathies lay with being unable to use the loo and the noise (I have always been intolerant to noise since the playground) so I couldn't help but see how they would be a problem I have also gone on to buy on it see separate review
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Reading 'Jon's' story was engrossing from start to finish. It shows that occasionally the system although very poor and in dire need of change can work. Especially if the individual wants it to work. It says so much about the system when inmates criticise the lack of order, hard work and help actually available. His book however does show the few employees of the system that do actually care enough to assist those who truly want change in their lives. It is quite sad however that the main encouragement and guidance came from his fellow inmates, rather than the staff who should be the front of this cause. I hope, although doubt, that the head of education has been taken to rights for his actions and actual lack of encouraging education to the point of refusing to allow an useful, brilliant and potentially life changing program to be undertaken by those willing to learn and those willing to help teach fellow prisoners. Although anyone who reads his story would wholly agree that the system is too soft and fails on so many levels you know that unfortunately that as honest as his account is it will not bring any changes, even though they are desperately needed. I hope he continues with his positive outlook and that his fellow inmates and himself continue to live crime free lives. Reading his account has been one of the best and honest prison diaries I have read so far.
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This is a brilliant little book from the equally brilliant JR who tells his story in prison by way of a diary. I was truly shocked as to the laziness and inability of staff to educate and reform prisoners (ok there were a few exceptions) - this is such a waste of life and resources. Very sad.
But JR continues to fight - and fight he does for prisoners to have access to basic literacy and education. He can be heard on radio (fab voice for radio if I might say so) along with a strong campaigning presence.
I know you were the first one to put your hand up to what happened JR - Also acknowledge the heartbreak too - but can't help feeling that maybe some of your time has been for a reason. Keep on campaigning #InIt
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