17th December

Walking through the prison it is intensely apparent how precious learning is behind bars. We step out into the dim winter afternoon. Joe says, "I think I've got the greatest job in the world. It gives me hope doing these visits, not just for the individuals but everyone around them." Higher education does work for ex-prisoners. When they get involved in undergraduate study they simply don't re-offend. There is not a single case of re-offending in the Open Book scheme. Today, I put Noel's book in the post; he should receive it before Christmas. I hope it'll be useful to him when he starts his degree course at Goldsmiths College.


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