In today's society, complex social issues demand urgent attention and resolution. Addressing these challenges requires innovative and inclusive approaches that can mobilise communities and foster positive change.
One such approach is the application of the P=ENTS community building methodology. Part of our social impact efforts involves us tackling the issue of prison reform, which is a cause we have decided to undertake without charge.
The Urgency of Prison Reform
Prison reform stands as a critical social issue that warrants immediate attention. Overcrowded correctional facilities, high rates of recidivism and inadequate rehabilitation programs have highlighted the need for transformative change within the criminal justice system. The urgency to address these challenges is evident, as it directly impacts not only individuals incarcerated and their families, but also the broader community affected by crime and the societal reintegration of former inmates.
Inclusivity and Accessibility
Applying the P=ENTS community building methodology to this issue for free ensures inclusivity and accessibility, breaking down barriers that may hinder the participation of individuals and organisations invested in prison reform. By removing the financial element, the methodology becomes accessible to a wide range of stakeholders, including community members, activists, policymakers and non-profit organisations, fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment.
Mobilising Community Engagement
Our decision to apply this methodology in this way allows it to become a powerful catalyst for community engagement. Individuals who may have been previously deterred by financial considerations are now encouraged to participate actively. This inclusivity enhances the diversity of perspectives, ideas and experiences brought to the table, leading to more comprehensive and effective solutions for prison reform.
Facilitating Collaborative Networks
Our refusal to accept payment for addressing this social issue also facilitates the formation of collaborative networks and partnerships among diverse stakeholders. It brings together experts, professionals and community members with a shared commitment to prison reform, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. These networks can leverage their collective expertise, resources and influence to advocate for policy changes, implement effective rehabilitation programs and support individuals transitioning from incarceration to society.
Empowerment and Capacity Building
It also becomes a tool to empower the individuals and organisations involved in prison reform. It provides them with the frameworks and guidance necessary to navigate the complexities of the issue effectively. The methodology also promotes capacity building, enabling participants to develop the skills, knowledge and strategies needed to drive sustainable change within the criminal justice system. This empowerment enhances their ability to influence policy, challenge societal biases and advocate for the rights and well-being of incarcerated individuals.
Scalability and Replicability
The P=ENTS methodology enhances scalability and replicability too, enabling its widespread adoption in diverse communities and regions grappling with prison reform challenges. Making the methodology freely available and shouldering the costs of its implementation encourages its dissemination, facilitating its implementation in various contexts and allowing for the exchange of best practices and lessons learned. This scalability promotes a collective effort, maximising the impact and reach of prison reform initiatives.
Finally, the case of prison reform demonstrates the transformative potential of applying the P=ENTS community building methodology, uniting stakeholders and driving meaningful change within the criminal justice system.
By embracing this approach, we hope to create a society that values rehabilitation, justice and the successful reintegration of our fellow humans into our communities.
It was great to chat with Kelly Gleeson. An inspiring woman who has managed to turn her life around after lived experience of the prison system, she has now dedicated her life to helping others as a trauma and adverse childhood experience group facilitator, Kelly's natural abilities and charisma have led to her building up a strong network of female prisoners and she works hard every day to help them avoid the same pitfalls she encountered in her life.
A fascinating chat with Sandra Barefoot, a practitioner of Shame Resilience Theory (SRT). She highlights the lack of research on the effects of shame, particularly among women in prison, and how it fuels aggression. We discuss the root causes of shame and how it differs from guilt, humiliation and embarrassment. The discussion also touches on the shame of a criminal record, worthiness and the importance of kindness and self-forgiveness.
An inspiring interview with Kaidon Adams, a former inmate turned leader. From Montserrat to Ladywood, he shares his journey of reintegration and the transformative power of support from Emma, Sobanan Narenthiran, and Pratik Doshi FRSA. Kaidon's story illuminates the path away from crime and the resilience needed to overcome adversity. Truly inspirational!
The esteemed Marina Cantacuzino MBE joins the P=ENTS Methodology podcast to share her expertise on forgiveness and restorative justice. One of the world's leading experts on narrative, Marina explains the reasons why she turned her journalistic prowess to the subject of forgiveness, the effects this has had on forgivers and those forgiven, and some of the complexities and nuances that surround the subject. She is a captivating woman and a pleasure to listen to.
David Breakspear joins the P=ENTS Methodology podcast to share his life story. We cover the major traumas of his early life, the link between school and society and his experiences in prison. We also discussed the incredible work he is doing now and how invaluable "lived experience" can be when it comes to finding solutions to the seemingly intractible problems surrounding the criminal justice system.
The inspirational Omar Mentesh joins the P=ENTS Methodology podcast to share his engrossing life story, covering his youth, his time in prison and how he has turned his life around, against the odds, to become one of the UK's leading prisoner advocates and mentors. He is an incredible man with a fascinating and compelling tale to tell.