In 2015, I went to BastØy prison to carry out a research project to examine what inmates and staff believed contributed to personal growth in inmates. For me, it was important to uncover why humanistic practices need to be central to prison reform in England and Wales and internationally.
To take you through this journey, I wrote a blog to talk to you about my experiences. Whilst the research took place in Spring 2015, I have used my journal and field notes to construct a picture of my experiences for this blog.
The reason for doing this is because I want to talk to you about why supportive environments help return people to society and support them in moving away from crime. In Norway (generally speaking), prison is the punishment rather than a place for punishment. I propose that we need to adopt a similar attitude to prison and prepare people in prison for release. I believe we all have a role to play in this and I hope this blog will reveal why this is so important. I am ultimately writing this blog because I believe our current prison system fails to recognise the importance of supportive environments. I believe some practices in England and Wales need to change to improve prisons and examining effective prisons may help us improve the quality of prisons. If we can achieve this, I believe that we will become more successful in reducing the likelihood of future harm in our communities. This approach, for me, is the long-term solution.
This blog will contain 16 logs, which are based my personal journal that I wrote during the prison research, back in April 2015. I hope you enjoy reading about my experiences.