Sometimes I really have to wonder who thinks up the policies here at Wakefield. Just a few weeks ago a notice to prisoners was published to say that, from now on, anyone who wants to order an item from one of the catalogues can only do so if they are not already in possession of a similar item. If they are, they must destroy or otherwise get rid of the item in their possession before ordering a replacement.
What they didn’t consider is that nearly half of all orders end up being cancelled due to such reasons us the required item being out of stock. The time taken to receive an item you have ordered can be up to six months. I have waited this long myself in the past. If a prisoner wants to order a new stereo, they now have to get rid of their current one first, leaving them unable to listen to the radio for up to half a year. If they want a new pair of flip flops, they have to go into the shower barefoot for six months. If they need a frying pan, they cannot fry anything at all for that long.
The new rule is completely ill thought out and within days of it being introduced it has been put under review. I just don’t understand how anyone could have thought it was a good idea in the first place.