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a Prison
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From: love
Category: Other stuff
Date: 29 June 2003

Review

I don't know what I am going to review, if the prison, the women or this kind of projects, but I need to say something because I can at the moment only think of what happened to me last week. I had the chance to work in a prison for three days and finally see a performance organised and produced by a charity/dance company in a women's institution: HMP&YOI Bullwood Hall, in Essex. The whole thing has been really shocking for me, and my feelings can be understood by knowing, and so being forced to say to explain myself, that that one is really a 'nice' prison. No prison is nice, but this one has even got a swimming pool and is runned like a college, more or less. Girls are mixed, some laugh and seem 'happy', they are all lovely and mostly love each other, and work and learn things. You quickly know that you have more to talk to the inmates than to the officers, bored people without dreams. I met 17 year old girls, locked there for 4 more years, dancing with 18 more girls including a 50 year old woman who is going to die there, and the most beautiful 2 jamaican girls I have seen in my life, worthy of any catwalk, terribly unhappy and repentant of the past, but able to smile and dance with their hearts. The whole thing was of course sad, since EVERYONE KNOWS THAT the prison system does not work and never did. Girls and officers, performers, family, all laughed and talked, in spaces securely locked with gates and high walls. The grass grew the flowers were well kept, and I cried every single day. They cried too, and probably kept crying after the saddest goodby I have ever witnessed, going back to their rooms at 8pm. the last day, saying goodbye from the cages through the windows, and I couldn't, even with the greatest amount of love imaginable, have helped any of these girls out of there and out of Essex.

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