Longford Prize Winner: The Clink
17th November 2011
The winner of the 2011 Longford Prize was The Clink Charity. The judges' citation reads: 'This charity provides genuinely meaningful work for prisoners at its restaurant at HMP High Down and teaches them skills that secure them jobs on release. It is held up by the judges as a beacon, showing the sort of practical, effective rehabilitation that can be achieved when inspiring leaders such as the Clink’s Alberto Crisci are given the full support and encouragement of brave prison governors like Peter Dawson. The judges urge strongly that the good practice of the Clink continues to thrive in the long-term at High Down, and that its outstanding success be replicated throughout the prison system.'
Two other entries were Highly Commended by the judges:
(1) The Jimmy Mizen Foundation. The judges saluted 'the courage and dignity of Barry and Margaret Mizen who, from the immediate aftermath of the murder of their son, Jimmy, have worked tirelessly and selflessly to ensure that others families do not suffer the same tragedy.' Their example, the judges added, 'is both humbling and inspirational.'
(2) Untapped Resource. The judges praised Maria Gibson, Ian Batchelor and Teresa Jackosn of this community-based organisation from Mansfield 'for their willingness to roll up their sleeves and do their bit to tackle youth alienation and hopelessness in their area. They demonstrate that everyone can contribute to the rehabilitation of offenders into a community.'
And the judges also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to David Brown. 'After a long career as a probation officer,' they said, 'he joined the Inside Out Trust, as a regional coordinator of its prison workshops, where old bicycles, wheelchairs and other equipment were restored and given to good causes worldwide. When that charity folded in 2007, he decided, although at retirement age, to risk his own savings to establish the Margaret Carey Foundation in order to keep these highly valued workshops open, giving prisoners a chance to put something back into society.'
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