Adam was imprisoned in 2002, aged just 16 years old. He received a life sentence but was told that he would have to serve less than three years before he could apply for parole. However, in the time since then, Adam spent ten years stuck in the middle of the prison service on one side and the parole board on the other, each wanting him to engage in contradictory sentence planning targets. In 2018 the two organisations finally agreed that Adam’s best course of action would be to move to HMP Grendon’s Therapeutic Community and, at the start of 2019, Adam was transferred. His next opportunity for parole will take place in 2020.
Adam started this blog in 2013. To start with there was only mild opposition to Adam publishing what he had to say but, as time went on, this became intensified and eventually Adam took an extended break from blogging in order to obtain clear confirmation of what is and is not permitted. Having gained this, Adam’s return to the blog coincided with his transfer to HMP Grendon, a place he believed would be more supportive of his efforts to make a positive difference with his writing. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Senior staff at Grendon made it clear that Adam’s blogging was permitted according to the prison rules, but the therapists also let it be known that if Adam did not put his blog on long term hold, his commitment to therapy could be called into question, putting his place at Grendon in jeopardy. Although Adam firmly believed that the blog and his therapy could coexist and even complement one another, he reluctantly agreed to put blogging on hold in order to focus on the therapy. He intends to return to Blogging Behind Bars as soon as he is able.