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Making Prisoners’ Voices Matter

Edgar, Kimmett
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Relational Justice Bulletin. 20: 4-5. Relationships Foundation. Downloaded 3 May 2005.

A new study by the Prison Reform Trust, Having Their Say: The work of prisoner councils, advocates that prison forums should be expanded so that prisoners are consulted about policy in every prison in England and Wales. Our report describes how councils are organised, the kinds of issues they consider, their impact on prison policies and practices, and wider benefits for the prison community. The study was based on a survey of 26 prisoner councils, visits to seven of them,
and interviews with prison governors, representatives and prisoners who were not on the council. This article explores the relational benefits of such prisoner councils. (excerpt)


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