The Loose Screw: The Shocking Truth About Our Prison System

The Loose Screw: The Shocking Truth About Our Prison System


By (author) Jim Dawkins, By (author) Dave Courtney, By (author) Charles Bronson

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  • Publisher: Apex Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 210mm x 20mm | 427g
  • Publication date: 12 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Clacton on Sea
  • ISBN 10: 190444461X
  • ISBN 13: 9781904444619
  • Illustrations note: photos
  • Sales rank: 1,087,425

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Jim Dawkins left home at the age of sixteen to pursue his dream of joining the army, and subsequently served with the Royal Green Jackets, including tours of Canada and Northern Ireland. During that time he learned many important lessons that would serve him well in the future, but would, at the same time, lead to insufferable stress as he constantly battled with his conscience and struggled to swim against the tide. Once back in Civvy Street, and with a new house and a baby to support, Jim decided to join the Prison Service. Jim tells his story, which, although peppered with humorous anecdotes of often lager-induced incidents from both his army and prison days, bears witness to the stark reality of what actually goes on behind prison doors, and exposes both the glaring flaws in the prison system and the atrocities perpetrated in the name of justice, which ultimately forced his decision to leave the Prison Service seven years later.

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Harlow-born Jim Dawkins left home in Eltham at the age of sixteen to pursue a career in the army and served with the Royal Green Jackets from 1985 to 1991, including tours of Canada and Northern Ireland. Upon leaving the army, he joined the Prison Service and spent the next seven years training and working in Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs and Belmarsh prisons. In 1999, Jim left the Prison Service, ill with stress and disillusioned by the abuse leveled out to inmates by many of the staff. One of Jim's goals in life is to fight for the rights of long-term high-security inmate, Charlie Bronson, with whom he has struck up a remarkable friendship. He wants the prison service to pull itself out of the Victorian mentality and give Charlie the chance he deserves to work towards his release and lead the normal life he yearns for.