Wellbeing & racial equity for young men in prison
To influence prison policy and practice to better support the wellbeing of young men in prison.
This is a timely project as young men recover from the impact of lockdown in prisons, and the sector considers the implications of ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the criminal justice system. This project will focus on influencing prison policy and practice to better support the wellbeing of young men in prison; and within that group, young Black men, who have untapped and unique experiences about engagement with law enforcement and criminal justice processes. The aim of the project will be to advocate for tailored programmes to enhance the wellbeing of young men and specifically young Black men, to create better outcomes on release. It will work in collaboration with other prison and criminal justice reform groups focusing on race and justice for example the Zahid Mubarak Trust and the Leaders Unlocked Young Justice Advisers, with the intention of forming long term partnerships. It will engage with HMPPS and disseminate its findings. It will produce a report making the case for more support for young men’s wellbeing in prison, including tailored programmes in prisons for young Black men.