Colchester Prison

#1
Hi,

I was wondering if anybody could give me any information on colchester prison, a friend of mine has recently been charged of a minor indescretion, and has been sentenced to 10months. i am trying to find out about visiting rights/can i send letters/is there access to phones?

what is the regime like?

Thanks in advance
 
#2
spent some time there in 81 got out got promoted, not a dawdle , and ten months doesn't sound minor to me
 
#6
visiting was allowed , lot's of things considered contriband so you can't post them in, tell him just show willing and he should be allright
 
#7
we had two guys who tried to convince their families M.C.T.C stood for Marine Commando Training Centre
 
#9
bomb_mac said:
we had two guys who tried to convince their families M.C.T.C stood for Marine Commando Training Centre
Motor Cycle Training College has been that since its name change, or when they got rid of the nissan huts, boy i hated them :wink:
 
#10
tea n stickies at 2030 throught the window
 
#11
I had always been lead to believe that the maximum sentence served at collie was 6 months and any remaining time was spent in a civvie nick
 
#12
10 months is sure as hell not for a minor discretion. Punched out an Officer or SNCO yes maybe.

In BAOR 28 day sentences were always at Colchester - horror stories from the guys that did go there. But that was in the 60's so its probably tea & biscuits today !.
 
#13
10 months for a minor indiscretion that's BS! You only get sentences that long for serious offences!

growler said:
I had always been lead to believe that the maximum sentence served at collie was 6 months and any remaining time was spent in a civvie nick
Providing your are soldiering on you will stay in Collie.

If you are discharged you are initially sent to MCTC whilst they sort out a civvie prison near your home.


Edited to say, the comment made that Collie regime is similar to training is fairly accurate, although its tougher.
 
#14
DAZFOZ said:
Hi,

I was wondering if anybody could give me any information on colchester prison, a friend of mine has recently been charged of a minor indescretion, and has been sentenced to 10months. i am trying to find out about visiting rights/can i send letters/is there access to phones?

what is the regime like?

Thanks in advance
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Could the translation to this be:

I am a cheap journo trying to do a sensational expose on the military prison. I know nothing and so am digging for info on what life is like for those inside. As such, I have just joined the source of all Army knowledge and am digging away like a ferret (if they dig??).

DAZFOZ - if you really do have a "mate" banged up, what was it for and why can he not tell you when he is inside (assuming he can write) what it is like? Why do you need to know now?
 
#15
It's not like MCTC is a secret. I remember watching a documentary on the BBC a couple of years ago about it. It's just like being back in basic, except all your ATDs and other training courses (sigs, shooting, etc) are intensely taught, so you leave a better soldier then when you went in. I've known a few who have attended and all were promoted quickly and went onto better things.
 
#16
We used to have a RSM who had allegedly been. Came out, rejoined his batallion, made RSM and got the OBE.
 
#17
Don't forget the farm.
 
#18
10 months - minor indiscretion my arrse!
 
#19
Pitster said:
We used to have a RSM who had allegedly been. Came out, rejoined his batallion, made RSM and got the OBE.
There was once the possibly apocryphal tale that almost all of the infantry RSM's had done at least one tour of Colly, possibly used to illustrate the Colly makes better soldiers argument.

Got to agree with the minor indiscresion point though, minor my arrse, you don't get 10 months for armed robbery these days.

Zippy483
 
#20
I was helping out with some role play (no sniggering at the back) on an exercise in a forest not far from there last summer. It was very hot weather and there were also about 50 chaps from Colchester using the area. They were wearing NBC suits and doing the telegraph pole/log run thing at the hottest time of day and understandably all looked very unhappy. After showers (couldn't help noticing several dozen fairly fit bodies with loosely draped towels walking past) they all sat down to watch 'Stenders on top volume. Let that be a warning!
 

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