Presented by Gill Buck
11 million people in the UK have a criminal record, including 1 in 3 men. It is projected that the prison population will be around 98,700 by 2026. Most of these people will return to communities.
People with convictions often face huge barriers to work and social inclusion. Yet, employment can help people to leave crime behind. Organisations which proactively employ people with convictions can gain loyal, reliable staff and a sense of satisfaction by helping people to overcome barriers. Many criminalised people also have a great deal to offer as rehabilitation workers:
‘People with lived experience often make resilient, highly motivated, empathetic and knowledgeable employees, managers and leaders who can effectively engage service users, make credible links with communities, and provide fresh thinking, ideas and solutions’ (Criminal Justice Alliance, 2019: 2).
This talk will share some experiences of former prisoners in their efforts to leave crime behind and make a difference to communities. These are stories of exclusion and pain, but also of resilience, creativity, and hope
Lunchtime Lectures is a collaboration between Storyhouse and the University of Chester, providing an open platform for debate on a range of topics and fascinating subjects.
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