“Hell In Barbados” uncovered problems at Glendairy prisons – UK Actor Will Mellor found some more at Dodds as a mock-inmate
Unfortunately, we found out after he left that he was actually here briefly on the South Coast, but he is not too likely to return after his eye-opening “Hell In Barbados” was published.
That was Glendairy and its tribulations but now, at Dodds – the new gaol/jail – another ‘guest‘ Will Mellor, a UK soap star (OMG, they’re TONS of them aren’t they?) while paying tribute for when his father stayed in the slammer by offering to do his bit for a reality-TV series when he went to Barbados and do “time” at Dodds where he discovers more than he expected . . . . .
That’s a very sarcastic Zaphod, but this is what Scotland’s Daily Record learned when they actually spoke with the performer –
So he goes to prison and the guards treat him like a prisoner. Some one even felt him up. Then there was the dropping the bar of soap in the shower. All this happened to him because no one recognised him as a celebrity. He isn’t a celebrity here for sure.
“I can imagine. I have kids and I know how that would feel for me.
“That was one reason for me agreeing to visit jail in Barbados.”
Will is one of several TV personalities – including Linford Christie, Jack Osbourne and Donal MacIntyre – who take part in the new The Prisoner: X. series
His mission was to visit a jail in Barbados, see how the inmates live and get a feel for how they deal with the harsh realities in a system where life means life…And the death penalty means death.
The write of the article should have taken the trouble to call Barbados to find out the last time the Death Penalty was carried out, eh?
Oh, well; the trip was not a total waste though… Mellor uncovered a few things while getting roughed up –
Will visited HMP Dodds – a spankingly new and shiny prison, barbed wire, cameras and shiny brick.
The 1000 inmates incarcerated there have been resident in Barbados’ only prison for just 10 months. Three years ago, they rioted and set ablaze the old prison – holding control of it for three days. After two deaths and many injuries, including shootings, they eventually surrendered to the machine gun – armed militia surrounding the prison.
For two years they were housed in holding pens at Harrison Point where drugs and violence were rife. In November 2007 they were moved to their new home.
And, in 2008, they got a visit from a British TV star…
Will’s introduction to the jail wasn’t what he’s used to in a working day. Immediately, he was cuffed, stripped and showered.He said: “They took everything away – your freedom, your dignity. They gave me a prison uniform. Straight away you realise they own you. I felt totally dehumanised. I felt that I was their property.”
Um, is that not what jail/gaol is supposed to do? Make you feel so bad about what you did that you don’t do it again? He got to see men flouting their penises after extending them artificially – it’s called “boogaloo“, something he hopes to never see again! The actor’s time spent however manufactured, led to some improvement of conditions – although he sees the need for parole and rehabilitation so as to discourage convicts returning, what social workers know as RECIDIVISM –
“I was interested in the full experience – but it would have been very terrifying.
“These are real criminals, I understand that.
“But there’s no parole system in Barbados – if you get 30 years you do 30 years.
“So if I do something at 17, then I’m not going to be the same person I am at 47 when my sentence is over.
“You serve your time no matter what. There’s no initiative, nothing to let you see the outside world and strive to be better. No newspapers, nothing, you’re just an animal in a cage.
“If prison is supposed to be a place where you rehabilitate people then call it that. But if it’s a cage then call it a cage.
“These guys weren’t even allowed chewing gum, and if they were caught with a pen when they shouldn’t have had a pen, then they would be sent to solitary.
Will was aware that, as a well-known TV star being followed by cameras, his mere presence could have made for artificial conditions in the prison.
If that meant improved conditions for the prisoners, then all the better.
“There was a lot of that,” Will says. “A lot of the inmates said they didn’t normally get the sort of treatment they got, it was because of the cameras. They’d been allowed outside when I was there and they said they hadn’t been out for a month. So they thanked us for coming in that respect. They all got new soap and flannels. I saw their old flannels because I handed them their new ones.
“They’d basically been cleaning themselves with a piece of string.“So that made me feel quite good because I figured at least they were getting something decent out of us making the films.”
What I am extremely curious about is how come no local media, not even BGIS as far as I know, was even aware of this “publicity” if you will, does not the old saying run as – “Any publicity is GOOD publicity“?? You mean they really put the lock-down on this special trip?