Winston Matthews sent to prison for trying to ease his terrible backpain with home-grown plants
Please send a postcard or letter
Winston Matthews A8167CK
HMP High Down Prison
High Down Lane
Surrey SM2 5PJ
(see below for more details about sending mail)
Winston Matthews has been sent to prison for 16 months in the UK for repeatedly growing his own medicinal cannabis plants in his home, to use as an effective alternative to dangerous and expensive pharmaceutical drugs.
British Justice has been thrown out.
This group is set up to help fight for Winston's early release and to support him as best we can.
Winston uses cannabis to ease the dreadful pains he suffers as a result of a back injury years ago, he is not a dealer, he is a patient
You can write to Winston Matthews Prison Number : A8167CK
AT HIGHDOWN PRISON, Highdown lane, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5PJ
You can send funds to Winston by sending a cheque or postal order made to "HM Prison Service to THE GOVERNOR AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS, you must include your name and address and Winston's name and prison number it will be deposited into his prison account and passed to him on release.
You can write to your MP via www.writetothem.com asking them to highlight this case to the MP for Horley, surrey. This will mean Winston's MP will get requests/correspondence from MP's all over the UK.
If you go on Holiday send Winston a postcard, if your a lady send him a valentines, if you have sympathy for his illness send him a get well soon card, these things all help.
When you write to a prisoner you must include your full name and address. In most prisons the letters are searched and can be read before being given to the prisoner.
You can write about anything but letters must not be obscene, name ‘victims’, or be a threat to discipline or security. Do not enclose any items with letters. Make sure you put sufficient postage to cover the costs (anything bigger than A5 counts as ‘large’). Prisoners can normally receive a ‘reasonable’ number of letters per week.
If you send greetings cards these should be of reasonable size and not padded or pouched. Do not send musical cards. If you are sending more than one card put them all inside one outer envelope, this saves postage. Remember to include your full details (you could put your details on a ‘Post-It’ note stuck to the card or include a letter which has your details).
Always put the prisoner’s full name and prison number. If the person has been moved their mail will be forwarded.
On conviction or transfer a prisoner should be given a ‘Reception’ letter to write to tell you where they are.
Prisoners are given a free letter each week to post out, they can send more, but at their own expense. Some prisons allow you to send in stamps.
You can usually send in photographs but in some prisons these must not include any image of the prisoner. Child protection measures may mean that some prisoners may not receive pictures of children, unless they are their own and were not ‘victims’. If you send pictures of children include an explanatory note identifying who the children are and their relationship to the prisoner.
It is not a good idea to send cash, this can get ‘lost’ in the prison. Prisons prefer postal orders, but you could send a cheque. Make these payable to ‘H M Prison Service’, write your name on the back and also the prisoner’s full name and prison number. Any money sent which is deemed to be ‘anonymous’ can be stopped.
Money you send is paid into the prisoner’s ‘Private Cash’ account and they get access to a certain amount (depending upon IEP) each week [currently £15.50 for Standard prisoners].