Penal arts interventions and hope: outcomes of arts-based projects in prisons and community settings

Atherton, Susie ORCID: 0000-0003-0682-0766, Knight, Victoria and Carpenter van Barthold, Ben (2022) Penal arts interventions and hope: outcomes of arts-based projects in prisons and community settings. The Prison Journal, 102 (2). pp. 217-236. doi:10.1177/00328855221079282

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Abstract

The value of arts-based projects within the criminal justice system is well documented, as research has identified positive outcomes relating to inmates’ behavior and their relationships with others. This article examines the work of the Soft Touch Arts project at HMP Leicester, UK and identifies the importance of hope as a transformative outcome. Interviews with artists in prison and community settings demonstrated the value of engaging in creative and purposeful activity, generating hope which enabled artists to aspire to a better future. This occurred alongside ameliorating the harms of prison and helping artists manage their relationship with probation services.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prison arts; Wellbeing; Social prescribing; Innovation; Rehabilitation; Hope
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology > HV6251 Crimes and offences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV7231 Criminal justice administration
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susie Atherton
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2022 11:10
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 16:15
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10828

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