Many jurisdictions permit prison councils involving both prisoners and staff to have input into the way that prisons are run.
In this penultimate blog in our year-long series, Kimmett Edgar, Head of Research at the UK charity, the Prison Reform Trust, says that self-advocacy roles for prisoners have a wide range of benefits. Service provision can be better informed and targeted to actual need; conflicts can be headed off at the outset; and giving prisoners responsibility for the wider prison community can help prepare them to undertake responsibilities on release.
Read a text version of this blog.
About this blog series
This is one of a series of expert blogs PRI has commissioned to examine some of the most interesting trends and pressing challenges in criminal justice and penal reform. The series marks PRI’s 25th anniversary year and will run from May 2014 to the United Nations Crime Congress in April 201
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