Reg Gadney

Reg Gadney latest thriller, Just When We Are Safest, will be published by Faber next month. He is an assessor for the Koestler Literary Prize, awarded to serving prisoners.


Reg Gadney, 26 January 1995

On the evening of Friday, 9 September 1994, at Whitemoor Prison, a Senior Prison Officer and three of his colleagues were enjoying a game of Scrabble in the Special Security Unit (SSU), a prison within a prison. Two more officers were on duty in the SSU control room: one was watching the closed circuit television screens, the other was monitoring an outgoing call being made by an inmate. A seventh officer was reading a book in the area provided for prisoners to meet outside their cells.

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