PET's Annual Lecture: Inside Time, the prison newspaper: 25 years of news and views behind bars

2 Nov 2015


Following PET’s 25th anniversary in 2014, this year marks the 25th anniversary of prison newspaper Inside Time.

The paper was founded as opportunity for prisoners to share their views, experiences and frustrations and to provide prisoners with information about programmes available in their establishments.

Inside Time has played a key role in providing prisoners with an opportunity to have their voices heard, a key principal which also underpins PET’s work, and we have worked closely with the paper to promote educational opportunities in prison, to inspire prisoners with positive stories and to seek prisoner learners’ views. This lecture will see Eric McGraw, founder of the paper and managing editor, share his experiences of the challenges he faced in introducing such an initiative 25 years ago. Retiring this year, Eric will also discuss the issues highlighted by prisoners through Inside Time across the years, and explore the many functions the paper plays for those in prison.

Inside Time was an indirect consequence of Lord Woolf’s report on the 1990 prison riots, which recommended improvements in prisoner consultation. Eric’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion including PET alumnus and Inside Time journalist Noel Smith, former Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham (Inspector from 1995 – 2001) and PET’s own Head of Policy, Nina Champion, examining progress made since Lord Woolf’s report, the importance of listening to learners’ voices and the role education can play in prison life.

PET's Annual Lecture is free to attend. To book your place simply email Anthony or call 0203 752 5680. Donations are welcome and can be made via PET's Just Giving page or by cheque, please make all cheques payable to 'Prisoners' Education Trust', The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR.

The lecture will be held at Clifford Chance LLP in Canary Wharf. Registration will open at 6.00pm and the event will begin at 6.30pm. The offices can be easily reached by public transport – the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf station takes 10-15 minutes from central London. At the station, take the Upper Bank Street exit, and the offices are across the road from the station. Public car parks are shown on the map. There is no parking at Clifford Chance.

The flyer for our Annual Lecture can be found below:

Annual lecture Flyer