The current state of prisons in Britain is shocking. From staff shortages, a rise in the number of prisoner on prisoner and prisoner on officer attacks, the abhorrent number of suicides in our prisons, privatisation of prisons to the preposterous ban on family members and friends sending books (along with certain other items) which was enforced in November 2013 and thankfully was ruled to be unlawful by the High Court on December 5th 2014 – this was with great thanks to everyone involved in the books for prisoners campaign. But some members of society hold the opinion that it is not their place nor is it necessary for them to care about prisoners. Why should they give time and thoughts, or even actions, to people who have ‘brought it on themselves?’ This is something which in my opinion must change. I have to use generalisations when talking about this topic as it is just my opinion, however I am aware that with everything and everyone there are exceptions to the rules. Prison sentences are a result of a huge number of factors, too many to go into detail, but the majority result from failings in society. Individuals suffering with addiction, the housing crisis, lack of jobs and training, adults with reading and writing ages similar to children in primary schools, healthcare, the cost of living, the list goes on and on. Of course there are other reasons but when you are faced with the long list above it is often difficult to find a way out. I have noticed, from some, an attitude which allows little or no thought for others and a desire to help only ‘number one.’ We are all members of society, old and young, ill and healthy and I believe it is our duty to care about others. It starts with us. Creating some sort of barrier between ‘them’ and ‘us’ only contributes to the problem of offending and re-offending. Hostility and in many cases an unwillingness to understand the cause of an action contributes to a belief that people can’t change. People can change but they need help, positivity and support from everyone around them in order to succeed.