Graeme Alford, an Australian ex-convict, has decided to take part in the rehab of the prison where he was incarcerated by purchasing his former home, Cell 43. Alford, a lawyer by trade, became heavily involved with alcohol and gambling in the 1970s, leading up to his arrest for embezzlement and armed robbery in 1982.
After serving his sentence in Pentridge prison, Alford pledged to turn his life around by kicking his drinking habit. He has gone on to write a best-selling memoir and is now a renowned motivational speaker.
Pentridge prison, notorious for housing some of the most dangerous criminals in Australia’s history, was the sight of the country’s final public execution in 1967. Recently declared a historical trust by the Australian government, the prison is currently being remodeled into a commercial development.
By purchasing his former cell, Alford has made a very public confrontation with his past. Ironically, the cell will now act as a storage unit for a collection of fine wine. Alford contends that he has no interest in the cell’s new function, stating that to him it is “purely an investment.”