However, after being moved to a prison closer to home, my story was out.There had been extensive local press coverage of my case and my situation, and it seemed every man on the new prison wing I had entered knew of me. This, in a way, took away the difficult decision of whether to be open or not; but at the same time, it left me feeling very vulnerable.It was a break from prison life and the chance to drop any pretence.
It was for a peculiar business irregularity to which I had no defence in law.
Do I hide that fact and reduce the risk of bullying and intimidation, or be open about it and confront any issues?
I decided to keep myself to myself and just get on with my sentence.
It was the feeling of being the new boy at school; every new arrival on a prison wing is assessed by the other inmates.
Any personality traits that make you stand out could very easily be used against you and even prison staff can discriminate. Answering that I was in a civil partnership can only mean one thing, so the staff were all immediately aware.
People come and go every day and sometimes it’s heartbreaking when your friend is moved on.