According to two visitors to Sue Neill-Fraser in solitary today (Sept. 6, 2021) “she is okay,” and she accepts that she did the wrong thing sending an account for publication on this blog, ‘A Day in the Life …’
“Today Rosemary and I went to the prison and visited Sue,” writes Lynn Giddings of the Sue Neill-Fraser Support Group. “We were allowed in but had a pane of glass between us, maximum security conditions. Strangely, we heard better (both of us deaf) than in the minimum visiting room with other people talking and the noise of a refrigerator with cold drinks.”
“Importantly,” writes Lynn, “Sue is okay. She accepts she did the wrong thing in posting her article to Andrew Urban called, ‘A day in the Life…’. It is an offence to write anything for publication without approval.* Sue did not realise this, accepting responsibility for doing the wrong thing. She thought that if there were a problem, the censors would withhold posting it. But it got through to Andrew and he used it on his Wrongful Convictions blog. It is a good read; Sue writes well.”
- I had written to invite her to write about her life in prison, to provide readers with an insight, given her circumstances and the history of her case. In her letter to me, she begins by saying “Sadly, security regulations proscribe any revelations connected with the daily routine of activities … however, a brief overview might be useful.” That indicates she was not willingly breaking any rules.
As Lynn Giddings writes, “Sue comes out of isolation on Friday and is not allowed phone calls or personal visits for 21 days. The only thing that worries her is, will she remain a maximum prisoner for long, or will she be classified minimum soon so she can get on her exercise equipment for her legs. They tend to ache without the exercise.
“The prison staff were very gracious to us both and would have given us a little longer had a telephone call not come in for Sue. I’m not sure how that works or if it came from a lawyer and was permitted. Otherwise, I think Sue has to make the calls to people approved on a telephone list.
“Talk about resilient and stoic; Sue has it in spades. She said to say “Thank you” to all supporters. Over and over again, she underlines how much the Support Group keeps her going and gives her hope. May she return to minimum security level very quickly.”
We are still concerned that notwithstanding her accepting responsibility for ‘doing the wrong thing’, the punishment (5 days in solitary prior to a move to maximum security and loss of privileges including phone calls for 21 days) seems disproportionate to the offence.