Sunday, 25 November 2007

Romantic names

"Jon's been transferred to Florence," I told some friends. "But sadly not Florence, Italy."
"Don't the prisons in the US have romantic names?"
"Yes, the last one was Santa Rita," I said.
"Even the name of that cockroach infested hell hole, Madison Street, conjures up romantic images of New York," Dan said.
"I wonder who thinks them up?"
"Must have a sense of humour."
"Beats Wormwood Scrubs," Val said.

Copyright © 2007 Barbara Attwood


Anonymous said...

what is wormwood scrubs? sounds awful.

Anonymous said...'s a prison in London

Anonymous said...

My nephew was arrested 3 months ago for dealing. After attending Magistrates Court he was sent to Wormwood Scrubs on remand. He went to a hearing at the local Crown Court and the Judge wanted probationer's reports and he had to go back to Court 3 weeks later. During this time he was in Wandsworth Prison. There was a mixup about him attending Court. He was told his case had been cancelled but when the Judge found out he went mad and demanded that my nephew appear before him in the afternoon. The Judge apologised to my nephew for the delay and was very lenient. Having been on remand for 3 months and with the reports being exceptional he was given a suspended sentence. He is home. What a relief!

Talking with my brother on the phone has given me a tiny glimmer of what you have been going through. The two situations are in no way comparable as you lost your son for 6 years, but talking with my brother I could hear the catch in his voice when he would get very emotional and just stop talking for a moment. He was desperately hurting for what his son had done and thinking he would be doing a 3-6 year scretch.

They have to put their lives back together, as do you and your family. I hope your son is returned to you soon.

Norman Stanley Fletcher said...

Wormwood Scrubs
The prison was built between 1875 and 1891. In 1902 the last female prisoner was transferred to HMP Holloway. In 1922 one wing became a borstal. During World War II the prison was used by the War Department. In 1994 a new hospital wing was completed and in 1996 2 of 4 wings were refurbished to modern standards, and a fifth wing completed.

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