Creative Writing in prisons.
Anyone doubting the power of words need only look to the recent prison sentences handed out in the wake of the nationwide riots of August 2011. Two teenagers posted up a call to insurrection on Facebook. Another young man urged his friends to violence and destruction via the BlackBerry Messenger system. None of them had smashed a window or looted a shop or set a property on fire or struck a civilian or police officer; but for composing such words and pressing the send button in a moment of childish adrenaline fuelled madness they all received a combined prison sentence of more than a decade. Sending out a tough message indeed. Continue reading