Prison House

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He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy.

Thomas Hobbes

Bishop Brian


Words and Listening

In this space, you can read and reflect on the thoughts and words of a variety of people from many different times and places. But they have all looked at the world as we have and asked what imprisonment and justice mean. Imagine them speaking within the room at the trial of someone unjustly accused and listen to their different voices.

There are some questions for discussion following the quotations. You are encouraged to think about these voices and note down any ideas, comments, dreams, criticisms, reactions or images which come to mind in your notebook, journal or on your blog.

Bishop Brian


  • How do you feel about these different thoughts?
  • What do you think these voices are telling us?
  • If you visited one of these people unjustly imprisoned in a cell, what would you say to them?
  • Write some thoughts of your own in your diary
More quotes from the House of Unjust Imprisonment
© CTBI and MTAG 2012

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Holding Cell

  • Welcome and warning
  • Guantanamo Bay

Solidarity through Scripture

  • Psalm 107, 142
  • Isaiah 42
  • Matthew 25
  • Acts 5,12,16
  • Hebrews 13


  • Images of imprisonment
  • Game – free the prisoner


  • Gift giving/Baggage
  • Dumping
  • Confession


Voices from and about imprisonment

Hope in time of darkness

  • Prayers
  • For those in prison, justice authorities, hostages, condemned


  • Websites for research
  • Amnesty

House arrest

  • Diary/blog
  • Review journal entries


  • Excerpt from Unreconciled?
  • News article about Liu Xiaobo

Finding a way to Freedom

Music - Songs, Hymns, Classical music


Films, books, CDs


  • Footsteps of Jesus
  • Passion of Jesus in John's gospel

Condemned cell

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Fr Maximilian Kolbe

Room 101

  • Woza
  • Fr Kolbe
  • Brian Keenan
  • Andy McNab




Empty your rucksack, and fill it with what? Will you be able to leave?