28/11/2011 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


28/11/2011

Cameras gain access to Rampton, the high security hospital which houses some of the most dangerous inmates in the country, to assess tabloid claims that it is a holiday camp.


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It is not full of monsters. People like to think it is full of

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monsters. Rampton Hospital is nearly 100 years old and has high

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security. Because it is a long time since any TV crew was allowed in,

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they are taking no chances. This is definitely the most stringent

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checking but I have experienced. This is definitely the most Ket I

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have had to take guard. I asked about the sound man's cupboard he

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did kick. You could Plutarch or false. There is restricted. Some of

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these patients are highly ingenious. I was told the attack could be told

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to make key impressions and solitude could become a garotte.

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This man Newsbeat loses to make a makeshift ladder. The reason for

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been you fences to make sure this does not happen. All of that cost

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�25 million and includes a vast network of 900 CCTV cameras that

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monitor every move the patient has made. I notice there are CCTV

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cameras along the corridor? They are an integral to the security of

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the ward. No camera in here? not in bedrooms. It is felt that we

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check the well-being of patients a minimum of every half-hour and

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actually, the intrusive nature of CCTV into a bedroom mean we made a

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decision not to put into bedrooms. What is it like arriving at this

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grim and daunting place for the first time's --? It is scary

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because I was only young when I came. You said there and at the

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start you do not know what to expect. You think you might have to

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defend yourself and it would cause problems. If you are already

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suffering from problems, you do not suffering from problems, you do not

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want that kind of thing on top of it because it will make it worse.

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Gary was just 18 when he was transferred to run to and from a

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young offenders' institution. He was a violent road user and

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initially put in seclusion and carted around the clock. Rampton

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has housed some of the country's notorious killers including Ian

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Hartley. Gary found some of these infamous penchant kind and helpful.

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I came here and some of them took me under their wing. That must have

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been a surprise? It was, yes. Some people have done nasty crimes and

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bad things. Mental illness is a funny thing. It can make you do

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strange things, but you wouldn't normally do. In our short time

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inside Rampton we saw no at breaks of violence. You certainly feel the

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threat of it. That is something the start are aware of. -- staff. If

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they have an argument with someone instead of trying to negotiate,

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they resort to violence. Here, we tried to show them how to negotiate

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and use certain skills to deal with certain situations. Sometimes I get

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letters from patients saying thanks for what we have done. It is very

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rewarding when you you're such things, knowing that you are part

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of a system that helps to improve a person's behaviour. There are no

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longer involved in crime and at some stage, they will go out and

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contribute to society. That is not the first time you will hear people

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talking about hope and the prospect of leaving. You have to keep

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reminding yourself that these patients are here because they pose

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a danger to others and themselves. No more so than here in the peaks,

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a unit for men wife personality disorders. The rooms are sparse but

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designed with fittings and furniture. Everything is the third

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safe. The beds, tell us about the mattress. The mattress is covered

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in a material similar to that on a bouncy castle. It is designed to

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resist tearing, he took. More interesting is the base of the bed.

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It is designed moulded glass fibre, designed to withstand damage and

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attack but also, important to ride a decent and cuttable might's sleep.

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Even Miss Peggy is important? Designed to be entirely nature. Any

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pressure and it will bend. Keeping 326 patients save takes a lot of

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staff. Nearly 2000 work here. The clocking on in the morning is

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something to behold. Everyone has to undergo the same rigorous

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security checks day-in and day-out. The list of prohibited items is

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long. They will even take your chewing-gum. The work is highly

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valued, even by those they thought they would never be seen dead in a

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place like this. I never envisaged working here. If you had told me I

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would be working here eight years ago I would have laughed at you.

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The prospect of working with what he thought would be monsters was

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not attractive but now, David teaches computer skills. Amongst

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these danger -- dangerous men, he has discovered a poet. What is your

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latest 1? It is about searching for When you build working

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relationships with these people, you get to see some snippets,

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little moments, of their struggle. It puts things into context. It is

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very, very easy to blame an individual for something but when

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you look far beyond that aspect, there are usually other moments in

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their life. There have been opportunities to stop that

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developing, which society has missed. As you navigate the

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labyrinth of locked doors and corridors, you get used to decide a

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single patients being escorted by groups of staff. Both prison

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inmates -- most inmates are not guarded this closely. There are six

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times more patience -- staff to patients in Rampton a man in your

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average jail. This is not a prison. They keep telling us this and have

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been doing so for a long time. is a Rampton, target of intense

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criticism. They invited us to make a film report so that all of the

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world might see for itself. There is a conception that Ranson is a

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prison. It is not, it is a mental hospital. It struck me when I saw

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it, I see as problems today of how people perceive us. The

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misperception that this is a prison where the bad and mad are banished

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still persists. No doubt helped by a TV expose 30 years ago. It

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revealed brutal treatment of patients by staff. He used to kick

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came between the legs of hobnail boots. There were five of them got

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stuck into him and one man was standing on his head. They twisted

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the tie on one side underneath his ear and they kept twisting until

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the patient's face went purple. film caused a big stir and

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triggered use changes inside Rampton. It led to a change of the

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culture of the management systems in high security hospital. That has

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led to an improvement into the culture going into the 21st century

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of the trip and that has happened. The hospital has been thoroughly

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modernised. It costs �100 million a year to run this place. It is

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�200,000 -- �2,000 a week to care for each patient. I would want each

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person to have the best treatment and accommodation and that is the

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standard that I said. That is what his mother expects as well. Every

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three weeks, she makes the long journey to visit her son. I have

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been coming here for well over 10 years. It takes me three hours

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there and three hours, a long day. It is a hospital, not a prison. It

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is very daunting to see people walking about with walkie-talkies

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where you go. Every door has to be unlocked and locked. It began with

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a police dawn raid on her home. can still hear them breaking down

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the front door. What seemed like on 100 people dressed in white suits,

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wandering around every conceivable place in my house, looking for what

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I believe with evidence. My son was not aware of what he had done. He

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was in the midst of a psychotic episode. In that one psychotic

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episode, Mary's some cost three generations of family terrible loss.

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My son was betrayed as a monster, a maniac, who needed to go to prison

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with the key thrown away. He was my flesh and blood. My life was

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threatened, my house was broken into, my car was damaged. I had to

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leave my home for six months. I did not live there. My nearest

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neighbour took care of my house for me. I had to rely on friends and

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there are some who do not know where my son is. Today, we are

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going to talk about communication and self-esteem cycles. Of course,

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the families of victims endure a life sentence of suffering and may

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well struggle to accept treatment given to those who cost so much

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hurt. Had a wee bit Robert FE this? Frustrated. Are all patients

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treated? -- treatable? It may be that they have to live with some

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aspects of their enormous that cannot be changed as much as other

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parts but the challenge is to try and make sure that carers and

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relatives as well as the individual feel that someone is making

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progress and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I was

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depressed. I was crying and hitting myself and other people. I did not

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want to lead. Now, I have gone through all of the rough to get to

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this move. I have come on massively with the clinical team. I would not

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be at this stage now if I stayed in prison. I want to get out and live

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my life. I am only 23. I have been locked up since about 14, in and

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out. One of the psychiatrists who assessed my son said to me, one day,

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you will get your son back. One day, you will see your son and that day

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is really coming and I live in hope for that day. I think it is really

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important to give hope. Increasingly, we are offering a

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message about recovery. That is not just in terms of symptoms from

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illness but in terms of getting their life back. Many of the

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patients are brilliant artists. They are skilled in would work but

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have never had opportunities to do it. It is wonderful to see they can

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produce these items and they are so pleased with themselves as well. It

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is something that they have probably never, ever done before.

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Chris has been inside Rampton for 20 years. He feared it could be a

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lot longer but man, art has held with his recovery and chances of

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moving to a less secure hospital. When you are doing a picture and

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look at it and think, you've done that, the sense of achievement you

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feel boosts your confidence. It makes you want to do more.

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critics of Rampton say it has gone too soft. More like a holiday camp.

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There is even a swimming pool, a gym, playing fields and Sky TV

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would of the sports channels. certainly not a holiday camp. How

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would you like to live on a ward full of people who have committed

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via -- violent offences? That is not holiday. It is not my idea of a

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holiday camp. I think people have to come and see it themselves. It

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is not my fault lines or Florida or whatever. There are a lot of people

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kicking off. The patients have their own shop. Something else

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which infuriates those who like him Rampton to Butlins. It is hardly

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sumptuous. What do you sell? Confectionery, clothing, poetry,

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gifts. Everything, really. Magazines, CDs, stationery. What

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other most popular lines? Chocolate and crisps. The use to sell

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cigarettes? And we did, not any more. They had to ban protein

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milkshakes because some patients were bobbing up their muscles to

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effectively. We cannot send up anything sharp. Any chains are

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 40 seconds

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behind the council -- any tens are We have some problems around

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obesity. Some patients, you have to wonder what they will spend money

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on, and they will spend it on sweets. That was not have the

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obesity problem. They would be -- we would be much more comfortable

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if they did not receive disability living allowance. After a few days

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I thought I had met some really good natured men. Gary, who came

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here as a teenager, Paul, the poet, and Chris, the artist. Then you

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remind yourself that they probably carried out a despicable act of

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violent crime. You wonder how the staff code. The often deal with the

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offence charged towards the end of the treatment. What you are aware

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of it all the time? Yes. One of the things about forensic Mental Health

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is that you need to know as much about someone before they sit down

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with them rather than starting with a blank sheet. It is always there

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in the background. Be easy -- is it hard to divorce yourself from that

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terrible things they have done? question of the terrible things

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they have done is an assumption. Sometimes, terrible things have

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been done to them. Some of the women have had massive amounts of

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from in their life. We have to be very professional and say, my job

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is to help this one moved on. help with the distress and our aim

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is to help them deal with deftly with it. We met Tina, who has been

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here eight months. Live with an alcoholic partner pushed her over

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the edge and she turned very violent. She told us how they had

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helped her. They have listened to me. They made me have medication

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that I needed. It stopped my disorder. I am pleased that I came

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here because it has held me realise what I was like. It stopped me from

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getting worse. It is building me up to be a complete person without

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problems that I had. Just a few miles from the hospital is the

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village of Rampton and at the back of the churchyard is a collection

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of simple tombstones. They belonged to the patients who lived and died

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at the hospital, unvarnished and forgotten. Now the average patient

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is dated eight years and some start a new life. -- stays eight years.

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Outside the perimeter fence with me is Bill. He excelled at painting

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and is now studying fine art at university. Incredible, considering

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what he was like when he first came here. I got arrested for stabbing

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somebody. It was quite horrific, really. I stabbed him a number of

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times and/Thame head-butted him and bit him. -- slashed him. Bill first

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put up violence but then responded well to treatment. I came here with

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a violent past. Yeah were a monster? I would not say a monster.

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I was not a monster. I wasn't the best behaved patient that Ranson

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has ever had. -- Rampton. I took that was on a plate for me. What

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does it feel like to be on the outside of the fence? Much better

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on this side. It is the satisfaction that I can stand here

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on the outside looking in. This place meant a lot to me. It worked

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for me. There are some very good stuff here. For those on the brink

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of leaving, it can be traumatic. You have been here 20 years, what

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It will be scary but these are the challenges I look forward to now.

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Before the pain was too strong. That fear of leaving is even harder

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to express if you are deaf. I have brought some of these pictures and

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I wondered if you wanted to tell me about him. There are nine patients

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on the death Ward. Learning to sign has given them a voice and help to

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ease their anger. -- death. Paul is about to move on. It is about

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working creatively it to help them move on and learn more about him.

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Hopefully, because he has been here a long time, we're at hoping to

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move him on. I am walking up to the edge. A man has come up behind me

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and is saying no, do not do that. There is something in Paul's

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process about wanting to stay, wanting to leave, of what will it

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be like out there, will he get support? All the mixed emotions.

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is the end of the day and me begins her up long journey back home, full

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of hope that one day her son will move on. The emotional strain and

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the travelling, after 10 years I do feel it is taking its toll. I am

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tiring of the journey. But I just keep the vision of knowing that one

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day I am going to get my son back. We sometimes say, hate the sin and

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forgive the Senna. I only hope and pray that society can forgive. --

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Senna. Unsurprised and they, they're pretty big on forgiveness -

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- forgiveness at the hospital chapel, where all faiths are

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welcome. I believe that got is able and willing to forgive. And I

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appreciate the sentiment of what that mother said, but I do

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recognise that for people who have been wronged against and four who

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forgiveness is very difficult, it is often hard to separate the

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person and the action. After just a few days here, you can believe

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everything here is rose. Even the patient's Festival patch is

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enjoying a good crop this year. This is our horticultural area. It

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is a really popular activity as you might imagine. So, before we left,

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this seemed like a good time and place to finally question the man

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who runs the place. For all the top of forgiveness, cheaper and

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recovery, do not the public simply want his patients locked up with

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the key thrown away? I think it is a very interesting question. It is

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ultimately a philosophical question, of whether you want to treat people

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humanely. I believe that the vast majority of our patients have had

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really poor deal -- poor deals in life. One in four of the population

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has a mental health problem at some point, and the people who are in

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these hospitals are someone so children, or parents, or brothers

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or sisters, I do not know what causes people to end up in

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hospitals like this but it could happen to anyone and I think that

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is why you do not lock them up and throw away the key. I believe that

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by treating them humanely, you'll get them to behave in different

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ways. John Holmes with that exclusive look behind the scenes at

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Rampton. If you want to contact us about the story, you can on the

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details below. That is it all for this week's Inside Out, thank you

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Inside Rampton - for the first time in a generation TV cameras are allowed into the high security hospital which is home to some of the most disturbed and dangerous men and women in the country. Every patient has a TV, use of a swimming pool and a shop - so is it the 'holiday camp' that many tabloid newspapers claim it to be?


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