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The Longford Blog is an all-year-round conversation – about, amongst other things, prison, the criminal justice system, and what a difference education can make in turning (prison) sentences into degrees as our Longford scholars are all doing. This Blog page is an opportunity for our scholars (like Gavin, pictured above) who are at the heart of what we do - as well as our mentors and others involved in the scholarship programme - to share first-hand experiences and ideas for change.

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An eye opening trip to visit Uganda prisons

Author: | 10 Nov 2022

As part of our Employability project, this summer two current Longford Scholars won travelling scholarships to spend five weeks working with the charity Justice Defenders… Read More

I know all about art’s power to change lives

Author: | 17 Oct 2022

With so much turmoil in the world at the moment – anyone reading this will know prisons and the justice system are by no means… Read More

Reforming probation from the inside

Author: | 20 Sep 2022

In May, we shared the news that a Longford scholar had gone full-circle, moving from prisoner to probation service officer.  His experience is proof that… Read More

Top Tips for employers and people with convictions: disclosure

Author: | 21 Jun 2022

‘It doesn’t matter whether you’ve stolen a penny sweet or killed someone…we won’t take people with convictions.’ Imagine hearing those words when you’ve done your… Read More