Last month I highlighted the recent changes in the prison service which were resulting in prison arts coming under threat. Electric guitars and acoustic guitars with metal strings have already been removed from the national list of permitted items, paints and other arts and hobbies supplies are near impossible to obtain in many prisons, a startling number of prisoners have had their creative writing taken or withheld by prison staff for undefined ‘security reasons’, and drama courses are now virtually unheard of in most prisons.
Since writing this post I have spoken to a number of other prisoners here at Wakefield who have been affected by this and, after some discussion, we all agreed that something had to be done. Unfortunately, when prisoners organise a petition or other collective action inside prisons we are often placed on report for ‘incitement’. However, the same does not apply on the outside. For…
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Martin Foran’s story is beginning to receive mass publicity. He is now in the second week of his hunger strike outside the Ministry of Justice which he blames for so much of the miscarriage of justice which led to his imprisonment for 20 years and a total of 40 years of hardship he and his family have suffered .
Martin Foran was imprisoned on 2 fraudulent convictions for a total of 20 years after being framed by the now discredited West Midland Serious Crime Squad. Since his release from prison in 1996, it has taken him 18 years of continual fighting to get all his convictions quashed and be declared innocent. His final acquittal on all counts was just 3 weeks ago..
His biography entitled “Martin Foran – The Forgotten Man” written and compiled by J. R. Stephenson tells the whole story of his imprisonment and the treatment he received…
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