I’m grateful to Tim Worstall for drawing this to my attention and I’m copying this in its entirety from Paul Sagar’s Bad Conscience.
This is a quick plug for Prisoner Ben.
If you don’t already read Ben’s Prison Blog, then you should.
The details are all up over there, but suffice to say: Ben has been in prison for 30 years. He does not deny that he committed a terrible crime when he was 14 – murder. However, Ben has been trying to rebuild his life from inside prison, in particular by pursuing education.
As Ben admits, this is partly to improve his meagre job prospects when he is released. But as he himself says, it is also part of his felt duty to atone for his crime, by making of himself a valuable member of society that can contribute to the wider good.
Ben has been unable to pursue his PhD studies for the past year because the prison where he is currently held has made his educational pursuits impossible. However, he needs to find the money for his next year’s PhD study but cannot go back to the private donors and charity organisations that have so far funded him because he has nothing to show for the last year.
Ben is trying to raise £1,650 within the next 30 days to secure his PhD funding, with the hope that his scheduled move to a less constrained prison will allow him to resume his studies.
I would, therefore, like to echo Paul Sagar’s request asking if readers would consider visiting Ben’s blog and chipping in with a few quid to try to help him continue his studies. You can make a payment via PayPal at Ben’s Prison Blog.