Product of Prison received a Highly Commended Award for its work on penal reform from the Longford Trust.
The prestigious Longford Prize (this year’s winner: The Forgiveness Project) recognises the contribution of an individual, group or organisation working in the area of penal or social reform in showing outstanding qualities of humanity, courage, persistence, originality and commitment to diversity.
The judges wrote:
“For the first time the judges are making an award to an overseas organisation because they are keen to draw attention to the extraordinary rehabilitation work of this small Dutch NGO with prisoners in Uganda. It is brave, practical and innovative, operating in circumstances unimaginable in the UK. It creates new futures for individuals whose lives are often torn apart by hostility and rejection once they are released from jails.”
On behalf of POP, Mike and Matt (from our funder Forward Foundation) collect a Highly Commended Award from Jon Snow (Channel 4) and Nils Oberg (head of the Swedish Prison and Probation Service).