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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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Life in Lockdown: Six Months On

Author: | 15 Sep 2020

                                                       Life in Lockdown: Six Months On Last Summer our scholar Shaun wrote a blog which struck a chord and shocked in equal… Read More

A writer & Longford scholar compare notes on how to make prisons places of reform

Author: | 28 Jul 2020

Going to prison wasn’t part of the plan. Neither for writer and filmmaker Chris Atkins nor for classics student and Longford scholar Nahshon. Here they… Read More

Kevin Pakenham (1947-2020): Our Founding Chairman

Author: | 22 Jul 2020

There would be no Longford Trust without Kevin Pakenham. It is that simple. After his father’s death in 2001, it was Kevin who gathered and… Read More

The elephant in the room: disclosing to a future employer

Author: | 18 Jul 2020

It’s a dilemma for anyone with a conviction: when and how to tell a future employer if you have a conviction. For people with a… Read More