A prisoner who tried to smuggle crack cocaine worth £2million into Britain has complained about the “disgraceful” wages he receives at a prison in Sussex.I think it’s disgraceful, too. I think it’s disgraceful he gets given any money at all!
Vincent Holyoake, previously of De Cham Road, St Leonards, is currently eight years into a 17-year sentence.Oh, boo hoo!
He is serving his sentence at Ford Prison near Arundel – where he said the wages he gets for working are lower than at most other prisons.
He said this makes it is (sic) impossible for him to visit his family on the train during days outside of prison or for “overnight release”.
In a letter published in this month’s Inside Time magazine – for people serving sentences – Holyoake said: …here at Ford, a category D prison, the average weekly wage is £9.50.Welcome to the club, chum. Times are hard, inflation’s up, and we’re all paying through the nose for services.
“From that wage £1 per week is taken for the television which I have been paying for the past seven years, which leaves £8.50 per week out of which I have to maintain contact with family and friends on an overpriced phone system and make minimal purchases from an increasingly overpriced canteen.”
The Ministry of Justice yesterday declined to comment.Too busy laughing, probably.
Nobody from Ford Prison was available for comment.