INSIDE (One Man's Experience of Prison) A True Story
- Sales Rank:52,749
- Format:Kindle eBook
- Language:English (Published)
- Media:Kindle Edition
- Publication Date:February 10, 2012
"A journey to hell and back. Entertaining, and 100 times more scary than any drink/drive campaign."
"This is a must read book. Not just an insight into how prison really is but a real life story that illustrates just how quickly your life can turn upside down. There but for the grace of God..."
John Francome, Bestselling Author and Champion Jockey.
"Ought to be compulsory reading for all Home Office ministers."
Allan Massie - Daily Telegraph
In 1994 John Hoskison is a highly respected and successful professional golfer who lives an idyllic life. But one day he shatters his perfect world when inexplicably he breaks a discipline he has maintained for twenty years and accepts a drink before driving home. Taking a risk just once has devastating consequences. On his short journey home he hits and kills a cyclist.
Devastated by his actions Hoskison is thrown into an unimaginable world of regret and remorse. He knows he will never escape the pain he had caused and thinks a three year prison sentence totally justified. In fact he welcomes the punishment. Only one thing saves Hoskison - forgiveness. The book describes the incredible forgiveness he receives which acts as the catalyst for his survival.
As a first time offender Hoskison is led to believe he will spend time in an 'open' prison, but instead he spends time in some of the toughest prisons in Britain. There is no complaint from Hoskison about this, on the contrary, the tougher the better from his point of view. But the system did shock him.
The story grips from the start when Hoskison is thrown into the medieval squalor of HMP Wandsworth, where heroin is rife, violence lies round every corner and prison officers can throw victims to the hard men. This book takes the reader inside the walls of prison to feel the fear and meet the murderers, drug addicts and fraudsters.
'This brave and important book should be read by all those who have anything to do with the treatment and condition of those committed to our prisons. The book should be made required reading for all those serving in the prison service and those who join in the future. -
Lord Ramsbotham - HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
Note from the author:
It was with a great deal of anguish and uncertainty that I sent this book off for publication. It is about an episode in my life that I am not proud of. As far as I and my family are concerned, the fewer people who know about the tragic event the better. However, there is hardly a day that passes without my reading or hearing that prison is a soft option. This may be so in some circumstances. It wasn't for me and it isn't for most. When people read this book I hope they understand why I could not simply turn my back and walk away.
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