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“People like me don’t belong in places like this.” Creating and developing a community of learners beyond the prison gates

Gosling, HJ and Burke, L (2019) “People like me don’t belong in places like this.” Creating and developing a community of learners beyond the prison gates. Journal of Prisoner Education and Reetry, 6 (1). ISSN 2387-2306

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Abstract

It is widely accepted that individuals with criminal convictions experience multiple disadvantage and deprivation, and, as a result, are considered least likely to progress to higher education (Unlock, 2018). The risk-adverse nature of higher education application processes further compound such disadvantage, even though there is no evidence to suggest that screening for criminal convictions increase campus safety (Centre for Community Alternatives, 2010). Drawing upon ethnographic data, the discussion critically reflects upon the development of one situated Learning Together initiative based within a University in the north-west of England. In doing so, the discussion highlights a series of emerging opportunities and competing contradictions that span over three key developmental areas: creation, progress and maintenance. We anticipate that the findings will go some way in opening up a wider debate about the sustainability of initiatives that seek to create dynamic educational partnerships between the higher education sector and criminal justice system more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Law
Publisher: VCC Scholars Compass
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 12:24
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 16:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.25771/c5qj-fh19
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11121

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