When Ross Kemp got here to Glasgow to go to ‘infamous’ Barlinnie

In Ross Kemp’s personal phrases HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow is one in all Britain’s ‘most infamous prisons’, and his go to to the prison proved that.

To grasp what the inmates dwell like, Kemp spent a while admitted to the jail for a 2017 ITV documentary – Ross Kemp Behind Bars: Inside Barlinnie, with unique entry to all components of the jail. Throughout his time, he found the lengths prisoners at Barlinnie took to get weapons.

The Glasgow jail as soon as homed Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, serial killer Peter Manuel, and infamous gang chief Arthur Thompson. Kemp definitely wasn’t in Walford anymore.

The EastEnders actor was taken into the jail in cuffs, similar to the 8,000 prisoners who come by the doorways yearly. Over 100 different inmates had been being processed concurrently Kemp, although we’d think about he’s the one one with a movie crew.

On entrance to his cell, he tells the digital camera: “For some, it is a ceremony of passage as regular as strolling to the outlets.

“For others, this could possibly be essentially the most horrifying day of their life. I’ve but to learn how intimidating this place actually is.”

Workers advise he retains his head down, and does what the employees inform him. Is likely to be a bit harder for a tv persona.

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Kemp meets an array of revolving door prisoners, some severe criminals serving life sentences, and learns some numbers surrounding Barlinnie. The jail inhabitants on the time had doubled up to now 25 years, with every prisoner costing £36,000 a yr on common, and three,500 meals ready within the kitchen every single day.

You’d be forgiven for pondering the actor was visiting an abroad jail, with subtitles offered for the Scottish inmates he talks to. Is the accent actually that arduous to grasp?

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After speaking to at least one prisoner who describes Barlinnie as a ‘bear pit’, Kemp feedback: “It’s one factor to fall out with the jail officers right here, however if you happen to fall out with the opposite inmates your life turns into a dwelling hell.”

To guard themselves, prisoners use excessive measures to smuggle in weapons. One of many jail guards describes ‘banking’, the place inmates insert weapons into their rear.

Kemp spoke to an inmate about his experience with violence in prison (Image: ITV Pictures)
Kemp spoke to an inmate about his expertise with violence in jail (Picture: ITV Footage)

Weapons and violence apart, one nameless jail serving time for homicide describes the darkest time in his sentence. He tells Kemp: “For me, it’s if you realise what you might be. While you come head to head with your self correctly.”

Rev Jill Clancy was lately given a Meritorious Award for bringing a bit of sunshine to Barlinnie, after taking on the Barbed Wi-fi radio station as Covid-19 hit. With prisoners banned from leaving their cells, ‘DJ Jolly Jilly’ recorded, edited, and broadcast an hour-long programme that jail bosses mentioned helped inmates to manage in the course of the top of the pandemic.

Barlinnie is about to shut inside the subsequent 2-3 years, with the ageing constructing set to get replaced with a £100 million ‘tremendous jail’ on the land close to the Provan gasworks.


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