Keeping people in prison for maintaining their innocence: BBC play now postponed
Back in July 2002 I posted a piece on this blog about the monstrous practice of refusing to release prisoners on parole, who would otherwise qualify for it, if they persist in maintaining their innocence of the crime for which they were sent to prison, a sort of Kafka-esque Catch 22 for anyone who has genuinely been wrongly convicted (and we know that such people do exist). I quoted several examples. I had commented on this obvious potential injustice in an even earlier post.
Now this comment has been posted on my entry of July 2002:
From paul blackburn
February 26th, 2007 at 4:19 pm
I spent 25 years in prison until I was released & won my appeal. We have just finished a play for BBC Radio 4 called 2 "In Denial" that will be broadcast on March 16th 2007 at 9 pm. Please listen in and please pass the word. Thank you.
There's a real scandal here, frequently exposed and still not corrected by a succession of pusillanimous home secretaries.
Update (10 March 2007): I have just been told by Mr Blackburn that unfortunately transmission of the play about his case has been postponed, and won't after all be broadcast on 16 March. But he has been assured that it will be broadcast at some future date. Watch this space!