A jail is appointing prisoners as Redcoat-style Entertainment Reps to run games, quizzes, shows, performances and lectures to keep fellow inmates relaxed.
Others serve as Plant Reps to sprinkle pot plants, Fish Reps to watch after tropical tanks, Gym Reps to assist other’s work out and Art Reps who operate painting classes with the prison’s artist in the apartment. And there is a Budgie Rep too. They are permitted to keep birds in their prison cells at the UK’s only entirely therapeutic prison. Cell-mates at HMP Grendon, Bucks – multiple doing life sentences for murder, rape and incendiarism – are assumed to receive their £8.11 weekly prison wage performing cleaning chores. But volunteers put in their names on a whiteboard advertising openings for “select jobs”. Convicts then decide on who gets each role, a blog by a co-operating prisoner known as Adam Mac reveals.
He said: “Some of these are comparatively easy, such as Plant Rep, warranting all of the plants at the back are sprayed with water at a daily basis. Some have more work such as the Entertainment Reps – putting on a collection of events for inmates to visit and experience.”
“Once a week, the group of workers are expected to attend a meeting with the authorities, and available rep-roles are rostered and offered on-at-a-time.The concluding person for each job also called as the “finisher”, then describes what the job involves and what they derived from it, along with any challenges,” Grendon was quoted saying.
A report said: “To help create an ordinary atmosphere, characteristics such as pot plants, pictures and fish tanks have been proposed.” The penitentiary – home to 235 C-B prisoners, has numerous fish vessels, planned to heal prisoners and help them pacify after mentally exhausting therapy sessions.