This session will explore and debate different approaches to instigating and enabling change in individuals, cultures and systems within the area of criminal justice
Leading innovation within the criminal justice, arguably one of the most institutionalised functions of the state, requires a diverse range of approaches that instigate and support change in individuals, cultures and systems, as well as in the arena of public debate.
In this session, three organisations who have developed innovative practice within this field will share illustrations from their work and their different approaches, and they will share what they have learnt from their experimenting to date. These threads will be brought together into a panel discussion, exploring the insights gleaned.
Lead Contributors: This session will be facilitated by SIX, with contributions from Vox Liminus, Positive Prisons? Positive Futures, and the Wise Group.
Vox Liminis has been exploring what happens when different people within the criminal justice system (prisoners, prison officers, social workers and criminologists) come together and connect, as people rather than roles, in the writing and sharing of songs.
Positive Prison? Positive Futures... is a group of people with convictions of the criminal variety. They work to bring the voices of people subject to, or affected by, punishment to the attention of legislators and those who devise, commission and deliver services intended of address offending and re-offending in Scotland. Through sharing the lived experiences of people all too often marginalised and ignored we seek to bring about changes in policy and practice that will reduce the harms caused by offending and offer people with convictions more effective opportunities to rebuild their lives and become confident citizens.
The Wise Group is a social enterprise that makes positive difference to people, communities and society through their For over 30 years they’ve transformed lives & communities by helping 50,000 unemployed people find work. The New Routes Partnership is a Public Social Partnership, led by the Wise Group created to design and deliver a national mentoring service for prolific male offenders with outcomes that will contribute to reducing re-offending.
About the Unusual Suspects Festival: After the success of last year's Festival in London, we are hosting the Unusual Suspects Festival again this year in Glasgow in October-featuring three days of ideas, solutions and debate all exploring what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how together we can meet some of society's most pressing challenges. The Fesival brings together the 'unusual suspects' from across Scotland and the world- from youth clubs to ex-footballers to think tanks and governments- all to explore how we can work together in new and different ways to create real social change.
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