Show your Conviction

This section provides a platform for people with convictions to get appreciation and recognition for the positive work they’ve done.

Things that we will be covering in this section includes photography, art, poetry, writing, examples of crafts. Basically, anything which showcases the abilities of people with convictions. This will hopefully help to showcase peoples talents, as well as encourage other people to show what is possible.

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Finding my place in the world through volunteering at Unlock

I was convicted of a serious offence towards the end of 2013.  As a result, I lost my job, my reputation and my self-esteem and I attempted suicide during the police investigation.  My wife, my family and most of my friends stood by me, but I had

Banning the Box and the Demands for Disclosure – Part 1

It’s a sobering thought when you’re sat there, faced with three strangers you’ve never met: the panel at your job interview has more information about your criminal record than a jury would if you were on trial. And, in a capitalist economy where we all have to

Success with The Prince’s Trust

Here’s a great success story that shows what can be done with the right kind of support – Kash Flow  

Disclosing to employers, dealing with rejection and being persistent

I’m currently on my way to London to give a training session on ‘disclosing criminal convictions to employers’.  “Been there, done that” I think.  It’s been almost three years to the day since I walked out of those prison gates – no job, middle-aged and back to

Rehabilitation, Rejection and Resilience

by Simon   I was very pleased to find out that the reforms to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) will apply from 10th March. I was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment in March 2004, and thought that I would have to declare my criminal conviction for

Poem – Nettle-Eater

from ‘The Life of Milarepa‘ by Thaye Dorje In my youth I committed black deeds. In maturity I practised innocence. To say more than this would only cause weeping and laughter. What good would it do to tell you? I am an old man. Leave me in

Brendan’s Bridge

by Brendan Not many people I know say that they love their job, but I love mine.  I get the opportunity to work with people who are at a pivotal point in their life, where the decisions they make from this point forward can have a massive

Junior James; A different deal

by Richard, Editor of theRecord Junior James is a fascinating man, a ‘larger-than-life’ character who oozes energy and enthusiasm. He’s gone from being a busy, but never happy, drug dealer to a NOMS ‘Service User of the Year’ via a spell inside. He made best use of

‘In It’ by Jonathan Robinson: a Review

Review by Richard This is one book that definitely needed to be written. In It is one man’s journey through the prison system and it gives a very clear view of what works and doesn’t work within that system. What works is the opportunity for prisoners to

Poem – Penrose steps

One. This is the first step. Star gazing, whilst we are plain sailing. And the moon phasing. Singing a tune that only you and I know. Two. Light exploding, pain slowing down every breath that I take. I can only dream. Life and its lies, little pleas.

Jim MacVeigh’s Pros and Cons: A review

Review by Richard, Co-editor True to its title, MacVeigh’s Pros and Cons crawls through the gutters of Bristol’s red light district, deprived estates and seedy inner-city bed-sits in a tale of misogynistic murders, street prostitution and drugs. Almost all of the female characters are on the game

Poem – Last Chance Saloon

There’s time for a drink in the last chance saloon Oh dear brethren they will come for me soon Will it be this time the room with the bars Where I will try to patch up my scars Or maybe the Asylum beckons again There I can