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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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Wasting potential

Author: | 30 Apr 2019

Wasting prisoners’ potential to change their lives through education: Dame Sally Coates reviewed prison education for the government. Here’s her verdict for Longford Blog on… Read More

An Unexpected Opportunity

Author: | 24 Apr 2019

Making the most of an unexpected opportunity, Longford scholar Gareth Evans reflects on his internship with a Police and Crime Commissioner….   The chance to… Read More

Peter Stanford

Introducing you to our new Longford Blog. Join a Big Conversation….

Author: | 25 Mar 2019

You get used to negative responses when you run a prison reform charity. Not always, of course, but on occasion I have had doors shut… Read More

New Longford Scholar, Class of 2018 reflects on the leap from prison to university.

New Longford Scholar, Class of 2018 reflects on the leap from prison to university.

Author: | 25 Mar 2019

From disclosure to unexpected furniture funds, read one new scholar’s account…. Going to prison in my mid-twenties was a game-changer. Whilst it would have been… Read More