Back in April I wrote about the fact that, after years of denying me access to offending behaviour courses, I finally seem to have been brought in from the cold and had been told I can do the courses I need to.
Well, since then I’ve had further conversations with the psychologist concerned and although I was meant to have been able to start the course this month, I didn’t.
After literally years of being refused access to any kind of offending behaviour work with the psychology department I recently seem to have been brought back in from the cold and a few weeks ago I had an interview with one of the psychologists here to discuss what I should do next.
It felt like it went really well overall, with the psychologist really listening to what I had to say, rather than making assumptions about what I think and then refusing to accept that they might have been wrong, as others have before. Even when she disagreed with me and pushed me into difficult areas of discussion she did so in a really supportive way, leading me through murky waters rather than simply shoving me in at the deep end.
However, as good as the interview was over all, one thing got said which has completely thrown me. And it all revolved around my ex.
Recently the Chief Inspector of Probation came under investigation when it emerged that his wife is the Deputy Managing Director of Sodexo Justice Services, who have been awarded the largest number of private probation contracts in England and Wales. It got me thinking about how much nepotism I see in prisons too.