On Monday 19th October Spark Inside hosted its first public webinar “In Conversation with Rory Stewart: Is there hope for our prisons?”.
Former Prisons Minister Rory Stewart considered the key challenges and opportunities facing prisons today, with an audience of more than three hundred watching live and submitting questions.
Early in the evening, Mr. Stewart said:
“Treating people better in prison, and putting fewer people in prison, ultimately protects the public”
Mr. Stewart’s remarks included consideration of ‘prisons as islands’- prisoners being out of sight and out of mind, and the resulting need for Government to lead public opinion on investing in prisons. He also talked about the complexity of delivering effective community sentences, which are expensive but vital for long term protection of the public, and the importance of good day-to-day operational management in prisons, as opposed to a ‘big picture’ approach to reform.
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Spark Inside delivers transformational coaching programmes in prison, to empower people to find their own solutions, and build a better future. We are passionate about advocating for those living in prison and amplifying their voices.
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