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Showing 1 posts filed under: Prison [–], Transformation [–], Region:Europe [–] published between May 01, 2011 and May 31, 2011 [Show all]

Give prisoners the chance to help the community

from Erwin James'commentary in the Guardian:

"I want to be out there, helping people," says one prisoner in the report, who could have been speaking for many of those I met while serving my own 20 years of prison time.

....Probably the best such experience was when I joined the Braille Unit in my first long-term high security prison. The 12 of us who worked in the unit had all been convicted of murder and for most of us it was first time in our lives that we had experienced the satisfaction that can be gained from helping other people. The prison held more than 700 of the most serious offenders in the country, but the only official opportunity for any of us to put something back into the outside community that we had harmed so badly were those 12 places in the Braille Unit.

May 17, 2011 , , , ,

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