Carl Cattermole, author of HMP Survival Guide

"I have always given NO COMMENT interviews to the police, however, since my release from prison I have given comment to everyone from Radio 4 to the Daily Mail about criminal justice issues.

"Everyone has strong opinions on how we should deal with prisons and prisoners but, understandably, most people tend to base their opinions on Hollywood bloodbaths and ITV docudramas. If people actually knew the realities of life behind bars the national discourse on prisons would be very, very different."

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HMP - A Survival Guide (32 page book) 2015


It's no surprise prisoners beat Harvard The Guardian 2015
I've been in Britain's grimmest prisons The Guardian 2015
London's prisons converted to flats The Guardian 2015
Connecting with inmates through music The Wire 2016
Surviving in prison Dazed & Confused 2015
The emotional hardship of prison OpenDemocracy 2015
Letting Yanks know Matador Network 2011


Scratchy tracksuits and emotional hell Daily Mail 2015
Britain's prisons are failing us all Little Atoms 2015
How to survive in British Prison VICE UK 2015
Como sobrevivir en una carcel Britanica VICE Mexico 2015
Stress-free walk in the park VICE UK 2015


Bumphones VICE UK 2016
More about bumphones The Sun 2016
Even more about bumphones The Metro 2016
Even even more about bumphones 2016
Fury as ex-prisoner publishes book The Mirror 2011
An introduction 2016
10 Ways to Survive British Prison Buzzfeed 2015
How to ease yourself into HMP Financial Times 2014
Weird paraphrasing of my guide 2016