From the TUC

Jail guitar doors

28 Nov 2008, By

Jail guitar doors

Last night I attended a private screening of ‘Jail guitar doors’ a documentary produced to highlight the independent initiative set up by Billy Bragg called Jail Guitar doors which aims to provide musical instruments for the use of inmates serving time in Her Majesty’s prisons. It takes its name from the b-side of the Clash’s 1978 single ‘Clash City Rockers’.

This initiative is a really humanitarian cause that improves prison life for both staff and prisoners; people whom both live and work in prisons. One of the governors from Brixton prison said that since they introduced the project there is a much better atmosphere in the prison.

 Prisons is about rehabilitation and this project goes some ways toward achieving that, apparently prisoners whom take part in the music sessions  have a reconviction rate of between 10-15% compared with the national average of 61%.

To find out more go to: jailguitardoors.org.uk

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