In this article, written for Involve, Paula Harriott writes about the importance of direct lived experience in striving to achieve wider reforms to our criminal justice system and other movements for change.

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Prison: a place for co-production

18/01/2021 14:07:00

How can co-production happen in prisons and why does it matter that it does? In this article for UCL's Public Engagement Blog, Paula Harriott who works in prisoner engagement for the Prison Reform Trust and has lived experience of imprisonment; and Chantal who is a research fellow at UCL specialising in justice and public health discuss.

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We need hope!

01/08/2019 00:01:00

‘You can’t create a community unless everyone has a voice’

Judging from the busy chatter filling the visits hall at HMP Stafford on a warm summer morning, its governor Ralph Lubkowski was standing in a room full of people playing their part in building that community.

The room was filled with over 120 people; with residents from Stafford and former prisoners sharing their insights to policy makers, organisations supporting people with convictions, academics and even the Mayor and Mayoress of Stafford. We had all gathered to mark the launch of the Prisoner Policy Network’s (PPN) second report, which asked you; our members, ‘What do you need to make the best of your time in custody?’

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Telling it like it is

01/03/2019 00:01:00

Prisoner Policy Network launches first report with evidence from those with lived experience of prison

Last year Inside Time met with the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) as we embarked on a new project. The launch of the Prisoner Policy Network (PPN) at HMP Grendon in July 2018 was a commitment to give prisoners a stronger voice in influencing the policies that affect them, and to share their expertise and experience with policymakers.

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New Prisoner Policy Network (PPN) launched at HMP Grendon

Someone much wittier and wiser than me once said something along the lines of … ‘if you ever think you’re too small to make an impact, try spending the night in a tent with a mosquito’. I guess the same could be said for a prison cell.

Paula Harriott is making an impact. She is creating a buzz in prison cells around the country, and in the corridors of Whitehall where politicians and civil servants make decisions that have a lasting impact on all people behind bars.

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