Out for Good: Lessons for the Future

Published: Jun 2017

Katie Pedder

The project took as its inspiration Andrew’s passion for realising the potential of prisoners to solve their own problems – in this case how to secure sustainable employment on release – and embedded itself in the work of HMP Brixton, a resettlement prison. It was made possible by the openness and practical support of the governor and staff at Brixton, determined to focus on the prison’s potential to improve the life chances of its prisoners, despite an exceptionally challenging operational context of significant staff reductions and unremitting pressure on the prison estate as a whole. This report makes recommendations for significant changes to a system that is not delivering the outcomes it should. But that learning has only been made possible by the willing engagement of the prison and all the agencies working with it, for which they deserve great credit.