Eric McGraw obituary (1945-2021) – The founder of Inside Times

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Article from The Guardian by Erwin James

Penal reform campaigner who founded Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners

Without Eric McGraw, who has died aged 76, there would have been no Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and detainees. McGraw, a social justice campaigner, created the title in the wake of the Strangeways riot in 1990.


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About the Indside Times

Founded by Eric McGraw, in December 1990 the first issue of Time (later to become Inside Time) was distributed to all prisons and young offender institutions in the United Kingdom. The quarterly, eight page, newspaper was launched in the House of Commons and broadcast on BBC Breakfast from Grendon Prison. Ironically, the inspiration for a national newspaper for prisoners came from the Woolf Inquiry into the Strangeways Prison riot that erupted in April 1990. Both Lord Woolf and the late Judge Sir Stephen Tumin concluded that prisoners had inadequate opportunities to air their grievances. For that reason, from the very first issue, the newspaper adopted the mission: ‘a voice for prisoners’. Today, Inside Time is published monthly, with 56 pages and receives some 10,000 items of communication each year from prisoners, detainees and patients in special hospitals and their families. Inside Time also provides a website that has more than 400,000 unique visitors each month. Inside Time Limited is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, run under the auspices of the New Bridge Foundation.

Link to Inside Times