March 6, 2017

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with the sheep and three inmates.  When I first went to visit the sheep, an inmate (Lamb Papa) talked about his roles and responsibilities over the past two weeks.  I saw him today and he looked exhausted.  He is only required to work 8...

March 3, 2017

Going through the photos in more detail was exciting and emotional, as I learnt more about the prison and its values.  It was clear that having inmates involved in the research had been a great success as it would have been unlikely that I had reached some of the inmat...

February 27, 2017

I am a prison reformer and currently work in a “challenging” prison, with the central aim of promoting a rehabilitative culture.  My work in prison currently involves working with prisoners and staff, to drive prison reform from the ground up.  For me, prisoners and st...

February 27, 2017

I returned to the prison today after two weeks away and got a warm reception.  People seemed happy to see me and it was nice to catch up on what had happened over the past two weeks. 

This week my plan was to meet with all the researchers and see how they got on wh...

February 8, 2017

I am away from the project for two weeks and as the days go by, I cannot help but wonder how the project is going.  What am I missing out on? Are the co-researchers ok? Did I prepare them enough?  Have there been any problems? I wanted to email Elin but stopped myself...

February 6, 2017

After today the researchers are in charge of the project for the next two weeks as I am away from the prison during this time.  So far, 15 people have taken part in the project, 10 inmates and 5 staff.  The reason for this break was to give me some space and perspectiv...

February 1, 2017

The project went well today.  We have a number of people who have taken part and people are feeling less apprehensive about the cameras. 

Today I am going for lunch outside at a place that a lot have been talking about-it is called south point.  Inmates talk about...

January 31, 2017

I walked with an inmate down to the visitor’s centre, which is situated on the island as you come off the ferry.  This is a place that is a popular photo for both the staff and inmates at BastØy.  He talked about family visits and the feeling of walking away from his l...

January 27, 2017

With the training complete and some photos already taken, this week my goals were to engage staff and inmates in the research and carry out some photo-essay interviews.  After a week at the prison, I was allowed to wander around on my own without supervision from the g...

January 23, 2017

At BastØy, beauty is around every corner, people are respectful to one another and it is a nice place to be.  There is no disputing this.  I think this kind of environment pays huge dividends.  At BastØy, there have been no recordings of suicide, assaults on staff or i...

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