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Contrarian Prize 2017 nominee

I feel proud to have been nominated for the Contrarian Prize for 2017 and thank you to Ali Miraj and the judges for considering me for this prestigious prize. My congratulations go to Professor Patrick Minford for winning the Contrarian Prize 2017.

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Ali Miraj with Faith Spear

This is the Mission statement for her Majesty’s Prison Service for England and Wales:

“Her Majesty’s Prison Service serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts. Our duty is to look after them with humanity and help them lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release”


I’m sorry but this is nonsense


  • The reality is that on average there is a suicide in prison every 3 days
  • Violence is on the increase
  • Self-harm is on the increase
  • Drugs are everywhere.
  • Prisons are overpopulated and under staffed.
  • Many prisoners are locked in their cell for up to 23 hours per day with little to do and little to eat.


Our prisons are in crisis but reform is taking too long. It has become a humanitarian issue.


Yet, for speaking the truth to those in power for prison reform I was bullied, ostracised, suspended and investigated by the MoJ for misconduct.

Despite a prejudicial character assassination against me, continuing to speak out for prison reform and for speaking to the press was, according to the MoJ, gross misconduct so the Prisons Minister dismissed me from the Independent Monitoring Board for 5 years.


I haven’t finished yet I’m just getting started. I assure you this I am not shutting up and I am not going away. I will put this nomination to work immediately by using my voice as a Contrarian to assure reform in the Criminal Justice System.


I’m not here to join the debate I’m here to change the debate…that’s what Contrarians do!       


  1. faithspear says:

    Thank you for your kind words Pat, the IMB and MoJ tried to silence me but it backfired. I have a voice and intend to use it because I know too much have seen too much and care too much to be quiet. In many prisons lives of staff and prisoners are at stake.

  2. Pat Cresswell says:

    I have just read today’s news report about Faith Spear being sacked for exposing the truth. I have been a prison officer since January 1988 and I am disgusted that she was in the IMB that should be independent, but clearly is not. I am printing her article out and will be taking it to my prison and showing all the staff and prisoners so they can see how when a decent person tells the truth and exposes faults gets basically shut down. Why are the government allowed to do this. It’s simular to certain staff who expose truths about the service don’t seen to get promotion ( does that ring a bell to anyone)
    May God Bless you and your famliy Mrs Spear. I would love to meet you one day and say thanks for trying.🙏🏿

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