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A Parliamentary Question on Prisons and Rehabilitation

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In 2013, I took part in the Centre for Social Justice’s Inner City Challenge, spending three days in drug and alcohol rehabilitation with ex-offenders at Acorn Treatment in Manchester. I blogged about the experience here. The experience was emotionally exhausting but critically important to my understanding of the rehabilitation of offenders. As I explained at the time, There must be justice but after that, mercy, forgiveness and transformation. That is what Acorn Treatment and Housing delivers: a full package to remake lives, […]

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Sycamore Tree | Prison Fellowship

A couple of weeks back, I visited a prison to see the Sycamore Tree Prison Fellowship in action, delivering victim awareness and restorative justice. I was able to see prisoners take clear responsibility for their actions and the hurt and harm caused to victims. It was moving to see men (in this case) whose lives have been blighted by their own crime recognise their opportunities for individual change and restoration. I understand the programme has significant benefits in reducing reoffending…

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