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Prison should lead to more than a return visit

Niyi, 2020 cohort

Prison should lead to more than a return visit

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#System change: innovation & research

Our participants are in a unique position to identify solutions to problems they face on the frontline. The Innovation Acceleration Programme (IAP) is designed to support and amplify the impact participants can have by offering funding for small-scale, evidence driven innovation projects in their prisons.

Coached in change management techniques by our corporate partner PwC, Unlocked officers are encouraged to design and deliver impactful projects including (but not limited to) new programmes for prisoners, equipment for their prisons, training and work with external organisations, or funding for in-prison events.

With time out of cells and purposeful activity limited, the Prison Relief Fund (PRF) was set up to fund immediate relief projects that improve outcomes for prisoners during the Covid-19 pandemic. PRF projects are delivered quickly and are easier to implement in prisons. We have supported 14 IAP and 22 PRF projects so far.

In their second year on the programme, Unlocked officers have the chance to write a policy paper. Supported by Unlocked and an expert editor, participants form a group, based on shared interests, and work together to research their chosen policy area and propose solutions to the challenge.

#Work placements and prison exchanges

Participants are offered a work placement as part of their second year to give them an opportunity to broaden their outlook, gain new skills, and apply their knowledge to a new environment.

This year over 50 organisations offered in excess of 120 placements.

A two-week prison exchange with another participant from their cohort is another option available in the second year on the programme. This allows them to experience a different establishment, share best practice from their own prison, and take back ideas from the contrasting environment.