Adam has been in prison since 2002 when he was just sixteen years old. He received a life sentence but was told that the minimum time he had to serve until his first opportunity for release on parole would be less than three years. However, in the seventeen years that have passed since then, Adam has applied for parole six times and has been knocked back on each occasion. The major stumbling point has been that the parole board and the prison service have each recommended different paths to rehabilitation and Adam has been stuck in the middle of these. However, at his most recent parole hearing (in 2018) the two organisations finally agreed that the best way for Adam to progress would be to transfer to HMP Grendon’s Therapeutic Community. Adam has now made this transfer and looks forward to using this opportunity to demonstrate the changes he has made since being sent to prison, as well as building on those changes with further improvements. His next parole hearing will take place in 2020.
Adam started blogging in 2013 with the help of his family. Over the years there have been a few short periods when Adam has had to put his blogging on hold, and one long period where he was unsure if he would be allowed to carry on at all. However, after a long wait, Adam received written permission from the prison service for him to continue to blog (along with the conditions he must follow in order to do so) and he is glad to finally be back writing.