How’s this for super quick reaction? Hackgate: The Movie.
It’s here. Well – the trailer is anyway. And what a star-studded cast. Colin Firth plays Hugh Grant. Hugh Grant plays… someone else. I forget. Watch the trailer to find out.
There’s an inspired (or too obvious?) casting for the role of Rebekah Brooks. But Ed Miliband and David Cameron – perfect casting choices. (No, I’m not telling you. Watch the clip.)
It gets good about 30 seconds in.
So far we’ve had sackings, quittings, arrests and jailings in Hackgate: The Reality. Which brings me to the interesting quarterly bulletin from women inside Chowchilla women’s prison in California – aka the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF).
You can see reviews of Chowchill nick here. Er… yes, like a hotel review except scarier.
I’m not about to suggest that prisons are not needed nor that they’re full of innocent victims of miscarriages of justice. But most of us are fairly ignorant of life inside – how well or brutally inmates are treated by each other and their jailers; how well or if at all they are offered the chance to be rehabilitated before release; whether their jail-time education is restricted to honing criminal abilities or they have the opportunity to develop legitimate skills that could lead to gainful employment on the outside; whether the mental health issues or addiction problems that may have contributed to their criminality are being addressed before their release.
I’ve been into a few prisons, but only to visit. Most of us have not even ventured that far. And why should we, you may ask.
I would answer that knowledge is power. Prisons are run in our name. We should know more about what happens there.
(By the way – there’s more to Chowchilla than just the prison. The official city site is here.)