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4.0 out of 5 stars
Jail Tales. Chris Duffin, 24 Aug. 2012
At first glance,anyone expecting a full or critical assessment of the current state of prisons in the UK, will not find it in Jail Tales. However, this slender volume is an insightful, amusing and at times revealing 'snapshot' of life within the Prison Service from a female perspective. Chris Duffin worked her way up from the bottom rung, to become the first women Governor in the UK, and although she is obviously a 'tough cookie' her empathy and appreciation of how so many individuals turn to crime due to their damaged backgrounds is obvious. Sadly her passion for 'inmate' education, practical advice and on-going support for those who were in her care, does not seem to fit with the current system where private companies are cutting costs in the interests of profit.
Although each brief chapter, could appear to be just a string of anecdotes, read between the lines and a more powerful and persuasive argument castigating the current UK Prison Service is
clear on almost every page. No wonder she and so many of her contemporaries left the service, but I suspect Her Majesty's Prisons are worse places without them.