When The Light Goes Out
Debate @ Bluecoat Arts Centre
June 2nd, 2011
Where do we start! At the begining is usually the best, well Edmund
Clark took some amazing photos of old men and their meagre possessions.
Kingston prison is a very sad place to end up, because you know if you
get allocated to being sent there you have not got much chance of ever
seeing the "ROAD" again.
When you are on the landing in another prison and hear one of the lads
is off to Kingston, everyone knows you will not be bumping into the guy
any more. It's very sad BUT we have to have somewhere suitable for old
men to die with a bit of dignity. We have to look at this problem from
both sides of the coin. The victims of these men and women have lost a
loved one and they will not get a chance to visit their mum, dad, brother,
sister, etc, etc so don't get too upset that old people die in prison.
Lets have it right - some of the evil bastards deserve no less.
On the other hand some of them pose no threat to society at all and for
these men it is a good place for them to go. It would be like a closed
hostel, similar tosomewhere nice by the sea, so they can die with a wee
bit of dignity and pride.
Come on you up there on your high horses and in your ivory towers, give
them lifers who pose no risk to anyone but themselves an old lags (folks)
home to wither away and die .
We know why the prison service gives "compassionate" leave
just before a lifer dies. It's not about letting them die without chains
on! (IS IT) no, no, no, it's so the poor family has to pick up the bill
for the funeral is'nt it? COME ON THE LIFER UNIT AT THE HOME OFFICE admit
what has been going on for years and will continue as long as you keep
getting away with it.
I know it's a hot potato and there are the victims families to take
into account !! but why not involve them and ask if its ok to move an
old man out of jail and into "CARE". The poor bastard is most
probably a product of your fucking "CARE SYSTEM" anyway, so
hold up your hands, admit you have made a FEW mistakes and make it better
NO. , Let's stop this barbaric treatment of our old people who just happen
to be in prison. Give them their pension - at least a small part of it
eh!!! and treat them with the same respect you would similar to your grandda.
Come on, they are someone's nan and granddad and their families have not
commited any crimes but still treated with disdain.