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Prison with a Disability?

Jamie222Jamie222 Member Posts: 2 Listener
I hope it is OK to post this here. Am new here and just hoping somebody might be able to help me.

I lost my sight last year and am now legally blind. This is all new to me and am coping as best I can. I can still see to an extent if things are very close and if I lookright up at a screen. I can't really see much in the distance and people need to be right up beside me before I can make them out.

The other thing that is happening to me is that I am probably getting sentenced and told to expect a prison sentence which I am dreading but have to face that. I have spoken with my solicitor awho has said that my situation will be taken into account and that prisons do accomodate the needs of people like me.

So I am just wondering if people would know anything about this maybe from work they do or through somebody they know who has been in this situation.. There are practical things like not being able to use stairs properly, not being able to see who is around me and not being able to read signs or notices. I am also  on medication for anxiety with everything thats going on. I've never been in prison before or know anybody who hass or knows about it so any info or advice would be a big help.

Thank You

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  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,882 Member - under moderation
    edited August 2019
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  • Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Member Posts: 850 Pioneering
    edited August 2019
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    I think that's a little personal to ask Why?
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  • Liz99Liz99 Member Posts: 18 Listener
    tjat was not question he asked !! How rude
  • Liz99Liz99 Member Posts: 18 Listener
     Sure they will have staff to help it would be a discrimination if they didn’t don’t worry
  • exdvrexdvr Member Posts: 312 Pioneering
    @April2018mom......that was an incredibly rude and irrelevant reply to a perfectly reasonable question by @Jamie222

    Best wishes.

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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community champion Posts: 7,023 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2019
    Hi @Jamie222 and a warm welcome to the community. Personally, I'm not aware of other members being in a similar situation before, I apologise for not being able to give advice at this time but I sincerely hope as a community we can support you in any way we can :)
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,214 Disability Gamechanger
    @Jamie222, Hi,

    As a community champion here on scope, please can i just say that you do not need to answer any personal questions here on scope.

    It's not anyone's business the reasons why things happen and you do not need to explain anything here.

    I just don't want you to feel pressured in anyway by posting for help here on scope. We are a friendly community and value peoples health, well being and safety.

    I've never been in a situation like this and neither have i heard any stories. However, i can tell you that there will be help and support for you if while you are there. Please take a moment and read through this link. https://www.gov.uk/life-in-prison/healthcare-in-prison

    If we can be of any further help please do just ask and i'm sure someone will be only to happy to help you.

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • GeoarkGeoark Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,320 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Jamie222 and welcome to the community.

    As well as the link @poppy123456 gave you, you might find the following of interest and may help to ease some of your concerns: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/Disability pib.pdf

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    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,672 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Jamie222 and a very warm welcome to the community! I hope the information above has been helpful and please do let me know if there is anything else we can do to help :)
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  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,999 Disability Gamechanger
    Jamie222 said:
    I hope it is OK to post this here. Am new here and just hoping somebody might be able to help me.

    I lost my sight last year and am now legally blind. This is all new to me and am coping as best I can. I can still see to an extent if things are very close and if I lookright up at a screen. I can't really see much in the distance and people need to be right up beside me before I can make them out.

    The other thing that is happening to me is that I am probably getting sentenced and told to expect a prison sentence which I am dreading but have to face that. I have spoken with my solicitor awho has said that my situation will be taken into account and that prisons do accomodate the needs of people like me.

    So I am just wondering if people would know anything about this maybe from work they do or through somebody they know who has been in this situation.. There are practical things like not being able to use stairs properly, not being able to see who is around me and not being able to read signs or notices. I am also  on medication for anxiety with everything thats going on. I've never been in prison before or know anybody who hass or knows about it so any info or advice would be a big help.

    Thank You
    Hi, I am sorry you find yourself in this situation and hope prison life will be kind to you. I watched documentaries about prisons and see that quite a number of inmates are on anti depressants, so this wont be unusual. Your sight problems will be though. I hope there is a structure in place to help disabled people.
  • Jamie222Jamie222 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thanks for the links and welcome! Appreciate it. This has been hanging over me for a while so in some ways want whats going to happen and get it done but am alsow worried about it. Just wish I could turn the clock back and change things and not be in this situation but know that's not possible
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,672 Disability Gamechanger
    That's not a problem @Jamie222 :)

    Please do let us know if we can do anything else to help!
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