Strange Yet Humanising

This blog comes from the same student writer as Telling it like it is…so far 


Learning Session 3:

When the Leeds-based student (LBS) contingent arrived the atmosphere became very lively and there was a very lively interaction and a very relaxed buzz to the room. The tutorial groups quickly organised themselves and greetings were exchanged all round.

The structure of the lecture was very loose and whilst the PowerPoint presentation gave a guideline there was a lot of interaction from all the students. A classic case of student participation and as a result there was a great need from all to do as much background reading and research as possible.

It was retrospectively interesting (this written on 28/02/17) that since the lecture the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced the Prisons and Courts Bill which includes reference to Rehabilitation for the first time. Prior to the lecture I had also noticed (via the radio) that the whole of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is to be reorganised and called HMPPS (Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service) as of 17/04/17. Unfortunately to date no further details are available to us as prisoners.

A novel, indeed unique, situation arose during the break when a Governor presented me with a printout of the blog I had prepared at the request of the module leader. A strange yet very humanising act in this environment!

Between that week and the current week I had the following thought that I’d like to pass on to one of the Leeds-based students who had strong views on redemption. I suggest she contacts Elizabeth Truss (MoJ) to come and congratulate the successful students.

An enjoyable and lively session.


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