Views & Reviews

This section features articles/opinions that have been submitted to us by people with convictions. Often, these articles comment on news and developments that affect people with convictions

It also contains reviews of things that involve people with convictions moving on with their life.

Got some views you want to share? You can find out more about contributing to theRecord, or email therecord@outlook.com.

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Women in Prison Conference

Kelly I was asked by Jo-Anne the manager of the Oasis project if on Tuesday 13th September 2011, I would like to attend a conference in London with her in reference to do with women in prison. Questions had been sent to women in prison, to be

Martina Cole – Q&A

Farah Damji Martina Cole – the crime writer who “tells it like it really is” – was born and brought up in Essex. She is the bestselling author of fourteen novels set in London’s gangland, and her most recent three paperbacks have gone straight to No. 1

An open letter to Chris Grayling from an ‘old lag’

Dear Mr Grayling, I read with great interest your speech on Tuesday. As someone who has been to prison, and now recruits and trains mentors, I am doing the work you want to encourage. But I find your description of me as an ‘old lag’ offensive and

Being heard

Ricky Sykes In a series of recorded interviews, User Voice’s Ricky Sykes gets a different look at the lives of the young people he works with One of the highlights of my work with User Voice so far has definitely been interviewing young people for this section

User Voice at Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day 2012

Zak On Friday 23 November, Zak* was invited to take part in the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day, a national event which gives children and young people the chance to shadow jobs and have their voices heard A number of young people from around the country spent the

Review: Love Life 6958

Ella G reviews Love Life 6958: Memoirs from the Pen by Chris Syrus Life is a journey sometimes walked in light, sometimes in the dark. This book invites you on a journey into the heart of a man, Chris Syrus, who through his talent powerfully and effectively

Review: Red Kite Production

A video produced by London training organisation, Red Kite Learning, has been produced, working with Inside Job Productions. Red Kite Learning describe the film as: “An innovative, interactive drama which aims to follow through the consequences of choices made by ex-offenders when looking for employment. The film

Re-Imagining the Use of Criminal Records in Europe

Andrew Henley In the context of the recent, but limited, reforms to the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in England and Wales it is worthwhile considering different approaches to criminal record data which have been taken across continental Europe. To this end, I recently attended the 6th