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CPS - good news!

February 16, 2009

Just heard about this review which makes for some reassuring news:

Reported in various places including here

"The decision to abandon a prosecution because of the victim's mental instability involved a misapplication of the Code for Crown Prosecutors, was irrational and was a violation of the victim's rights under art 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms."

Its about B who had a history of psychotic illness - so the CPS decided B couldn't be put before a jury.

Heaven and Hell in a Padded Cell

February 5, 2009

On Sunday and Monday, the 25th and 26th of January, I took part in a publicity stunt for “time to change" and boarded a tram with a difference.

Sigma project - February 09

February 5, 2009

I've met with Jim and his colleagues again for another interesting chat about how to take things forward.

He gave me some information about lay visitors and I wonder if this is something more of us should get involved in? They're independent members of the local community who visit police stations unannounced to check on the welfare of people who are in police custody.

No Shame in Sheffield!

February 4, 2009

It was an amazing opportunity to be involved in the Time To Change stunt which took place on a working Sheffield tram on 25th and 26th of January. It felt controversial, we were presenting the people of Sheffield with a tram compartment redesigned as 'padded cell', a symbol which is associated with the more negative aspects of mental health, we were thrusting it upon them and almost forcing comment, and that was challenging and exciting.

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