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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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The power of letter-writing

Author: | 6 Apr 2020

The power of a letter in a crisis and beyond by mentor Clare Lewis  ….like someone extending their hand out, reaching across a divide In… Read More

Isolation: an expert survivor’s guide

Author: | 20 Mar 2020

Isolation: an expert survivor’s guide by artist and former Longford scholar Lee Cutter I know a bit about isolation. In fact, after three years in… Read More

Spending time with lawyers focused on a fresh start

Author: | 25 Feb 2020

My day with the lawyers by Scholar Ash Rookwood…. Towards the end of 2019 Ash met staff involved in regulating solicitors as part of a… Read More

Best decision of my life

Author: | 18 Dec 2019

The best decision of my life.  How evolution theorist Charles Darwin helped snap one Longford scholar out of a stupor whilst incarcerated in the US…. Read More