“I’m here for one and a half year already, but I feel like it was much more…” – sixth fragment of Martha’s book

Book fragmentWhat is my current situation in prison.

I’m here for one and a half year already, but I feel like it was much more. Time passes very slowly, especially at nights. For time to pass faster I try to do whaever I can, and take what the prison offers.

I’m in a single cell, meaning I’m alone in the cell, so I feel safer. I wouldn’t like to share the cell for different reasons, among them thievery, lack of understanding, conflicts of different kinds, or bringing other girls to the room. I have a key to the room, and every time I go for dinner I close it.

Inmates are divided into three stages: basic, standard, and enhance. I am enhance, that means I can have two phone calls per day to my family or friends, every call for 6 minutes. I can also have two visits per week, thirty minutes each.

I work in the library and I get paid for it, + €3 per week (basic – €6, standard – €12, enhance – €15,60), meaning I have €18,60 per week.


Wishes from Marta

Marta asked to give the best, most heartfelt New Year wishes on her behalf.
She also gives thanks to all those who support her.

May the next year be better.

In prison on such a day, nothing happens. Officers close everything ealier because they want to go home ealier.


Special dinner in prison, for “lifes”

On friday, 8th of december, an annual special dinner was held in prison, for persons serving lifetime sentences (“lifes”).
7 women (including Martha) who serve lifetime sentences in Dochas Centre were allowed to invite their close ones.
Every woman could invite up to 3 people. In total, there was about 20 people at the dinner.


Martha also could invite 3 people.
By decision of Martha and her family it was agreed that those people will be: two friends of Martha from Ireland, and Martha’s sister – Monika, who will arrive from Poland specially for the occasion.
The family wanted Martha’s mother to come, but it was eventually agreed, that Monika would arrive.
The two friends were Krysia and Rafał. Both support Martha and her family a lot (thank you) and they weren’t on such dinner last year.

A short relation from the sister.