With the outbreak of Covid-19, we have been unable to continue our work within prisons. We are aware of the extra stress and restrictions that prisoners are facing, so we have created a self-development pack of 15 worksheets for the lockdown period.

This Reflection Pack offers a guided exploration of thoughts and feelings, providing tools to strengthen relationships and to think through next steps. Our hope is that this pack provides a valuable space for reflection, and that the tools and learning from these worksheets will be a useful resource for both the short and long term.

Ashish Prashar writes an article published in The Independent Online, entitled: Thousands of prisoners may be exposed to coronavirus – we need to release them all. 4,000 people were cleared for early release but officials have been abysmally slow to act. Below is the article in full.

 

Ashish Prashar, Leap Confronting Conflict trustee, writes an opinion piece for USA Today online. The title of the article is 'COVID-19 is forcing the release of some inmates. What will prisons look like after pandemic?' See below to read in full.

 

The push to release inmates to protect populations inside and outside of prison from COVID-19 has exposed our institutional trigger finger when it comes to locking people up.

The government must release all prisoners who do not pose a threat to society immediately, says Boris Johnson’s former press secretary Ashish Prashar

The injustice of mass incarceration and our legal system, on both sides of the Atlantic, is the civil rights issue of our time. What is both saddening and terrifying is that it may be the onset of COVID-19 that shines a devastating light on it.

Ashish Prashar, Leap Confronting Conflict Trustee, writes for INEWS Online. The title of the article is 'Coronvirus is exposing the health crisis within UK prisons'. Read article in full below.

I'm scared for prisoners being kept in a disease trap - the Ministry of Justice needs to use the pandemic as a reason to take stock.

Ashish Prashar, Leap Confronting Conflict Trustee, writes for Fast Company. The title of the article is: 'I went to prison at 17. Here's what I wish employers knew about people with records'. Read in full below.

Ashish Prashar, Leap Confronting Conflict Trustee, writes for the Business Insider. The title of the article is: If politicians are serious about fighting the pandemic, there's a clear way to do it: release people from jail. Read the article in full below. 

Since American law enforcement caught on to the notion of advertising, the American public, by and large, has bought into their idea that being of "tough on crime" is what's best for our nation and her people.

In a room in Wolverhampton, a small group of people gather together to discuss their community: What’s going well? What are our challenges? What can we change? What can we learn from one another? They share their experiences and grievances, discuss their differing opinions and suggest ways in which they can make their community a better place to be.

But this isn’t a local council meeting or school group, this is a community circle within a prison, made up of prisoners and staff alike.

When you hear the term prison violence, what do you think?

A punch up over the food counter? Prison Break style riots and crude comments about bars of soap in the shower? Or maybe the gang and drug related assaults and deaths which hit the news?

These are all real concerns affecting the safety and wellbeing of people in prison across the country. But too often these images of physical violence mask another, very real and equally dangerous, form of hidden violence most commonly experienced by women in prison.

Elizabeth Fry visiting a prison

Leap Confronting Conflict began life over 30 years ago as part of The Leaveners, a Quaker community arts organisation that provided creative opportunities to communities until its closure earlier this year. Then called Leaveners Experimental Arts for Peace (L.E.A.P), the project was founded as witness to the Quaker peace testimony. There are four testimonies by which Quakers strive to live their lives:

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