Prisons For Profit [‘Tis The Devil’s Work]

~ for G4S, Mace, Serco Custodial Services, and Sodexo Justice Services … with no love whatsoever ~

The UK Government are ‘NOT’ just Building
‘Better Jails’… they are Building
‘Bigger Ones’… Mammoth Constructions
which are being termed… ‘MEGA Prisons’.
Some, they are renaming as ‘Towns’ and
‘Inmates’ will be referred to as ‘Residents’
… with bar-less windows, and river views,
to help with ‘Offender Rehabilitation’.
Yet, anyone with an ounce of sense knows
that you can Force ‘Punishment’ upon folk,
but, never the ‘Changing-Of-Their-Ways’
that’s something that only ‘They’ Control…
and, Help and Assistance can only be given
once they themselves have chosen to Reform
… much the same as ‘Alcoholics’ quitting.
Privatised ‘Construction’ and ‘Maintenance’
of Government Institutions is not a good idea
… it turns ‘Statistics’ into ‘Pound Signs’…
let’s keep this simple… every ‘Empty Cell’
is ‘Wasted Money’, that’s not good business.
British ‘Sentences’ are getting ‘Longer’
and ‘Harsher’… add to this ‘Unemployment’,
the ‘Cost Of Living Crisis’, the escalating
‘Divorce Rate’ and breakdown of ‘Family
Structures’, topped with ‘Alcohol/Drug
Dependencies’, and the [General] Decline
in the Population’s ‘Mental Fucking Health’
… and, I’ll bet you, the pittance from your
next Giro… there’ll never be no ‘Empty Cells’.

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.