Cannabis Problem Reveals Deeper Issues For Brixton Prison

Cannabis Problem Reveals Deeper Issues For Brixton Prison

London’s Brixton Prison run by Her Majesty’s Prison Service is facing media attention with the release of a report from an authorised invigilator for the facility. The report reveals the on-going concern of Cannabissmoking amongst the inmates that officers are constantly endeavouring to deal with. Because of the incessant smoking of Cannabis by inmates, officers’ uniforms reek(…)

Together’s Our Space Gallery in London

Together’s Our Space Gallery in London

 ”Girls Behind Bars: Female Experiences of Justice” Over thirty years ago, Eve MacDougall was imprisoned as a teenager for two years for breaking a window. Now she works with Together, a mental health support organisation, as an exhibition curator and liaison for the new project, “Common Sense Approach to Working with Women Offenders.” Her recent(…)

Eve MacDougall and Art for Ex-offenders

Eve MacDougall and Art for Ex-offenders

At the age of 15, Eve MacDougall broke a storefront window at a bakery to steal a loaf of bread. Hungry and desperate, she soon realised that behind the busted window, there were only plastic ornamental loaves. For that crime, she was sentenced to and served two years in a women’s prison. Surrounded by adults,(…)

Art as Change in Progress

Art as Change in Progress

Alberta’s Drumheller Institution, Bowden Institution and Edmonton Institution for Women In 2010, Elizabeth Withey of the Edmonton Journal in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) compiled a series of stories based around artwork being produced in area detention centres. These short video documentaries highlight some of the positive effects that the creative process has had directly on the(…)

Scotland’s Koestler Trust: “Release”

Scotland’s Koestler Trust: “Release”

From Nov. 2 to Dec. 15, 2013, Koestler Trust organised an exhibition in Glasgow’s Tramway. The show featured artwork from prisons and other secure facilities, e.g., children’s homes, immigrant detention centres and hospitals, and was curated by youth from the Kibble Safe Centre in Paisley, which is a secure children’s care and education centre and(…)