Source: (2011) London: Prison Reform Trust.

There are five types of active citizenship roles in prisons:• Peer support schemes, whereby prisoners help and support their fellow-prisoners; • Community support schemes involving work with or on behalf of people outside the prison; • Restorative justice programmes, whereby prisoners are encouraged to acknowledge the harm they have caused and to make amends; • Democratic participation in prison life, for example involving membership of prisoner councils or other forums; • Arts and media projects such as prison-based radio-stations or newspapers, or performing arts. This report is based on evidence derived from a survey of prisons and interviews with prisoners and staff involved in active citizenship schemes. It documents the imaginative and effective work that has been pioneered in some prisons. Most prisons, from young offender institutions to high security prisons, provide opportunities for prisoners to be active citizens. Prison staff have demonstrated their expertise in managing risk by developing an array of roles and activities for prisoners that bring out the best in them programmes.

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