27 Feb 08
Radio Interview On Friday
I'm on the radio this Friday. The station is City Talk 105.9 out of Liverpool. I expect to be on at about 9:20am British time (2:20am Arizona time). Here's the link for anyone who wants to listen to it online:
This Friday Duncan Barkes is joined by Shaun Attwood, a man from Widnes who has spent time in one of the US' most notorious jails.
Having spent two years in Maricopa County Jail awaiting sentence on charges of money laundering and drug offences, Shaun has seen inmates starved, attempt suicide and be subjected to repeated humiliation. But more than having just seen them, he's also documented his experiences in his online blog.
Shaun’s blog was initially named Jon’s Jail Journal so that he could maintain his anonymity while inside back in 2004.
But his blog has proved so popular he’s been writing it ever since, documenting his experiences of staying in an American jail run by one of America’s most notorious law enforcement officers.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is renowned for his tough tactics in his jail, humiliating inmates by forcing them to wear pink underwear and eat rotten food. As if that wasn’t bad enough his jails are also known to be so badly infested with cockroaches that the inmates –Shaun included – save their toothpaste to block up the insects’ entry points.
A few weeks ago Duncan asked you whether you thought English prisons are too soft, so this Friday Dunc will be asking Shaun about his experiences in an American jail and whether we should introduce these tougher US style jails.
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