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Degrees of Freedom

Prison Education at The Open University

By Rod Earle and James Mehigan

Published

18 Dec 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447353072

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234 x 156 mm

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Published

18 Dec 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447353065

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Published

18 Dec 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447353102

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    The first authoritative volume to look back on the last 50 years of The Open University providing higher education to those in prison, this unique book gives voice to ex-prisoners whose lives have been transformed by the education they received. Offering vivid personal testimonies, reflective vignettes and academic analysis of prison life and education in prison, the book marks the 50th anniversary of The Open University.

    "The life-changing impact of university access is evident throughout this book. Critical analysis and questioning minds expose the pains of incarceration, the hypocrisy of rehabilitation. Tutors and students together ease those pains, challenge that hypocrisy.' Phil Scraton, Queen's University

    "This important book documents the vital work done by The Open University in the development of prison education and provides valuable insights into the positive impact of this work upon individual prisoners." Ivana Bacik, Trinity College Dublin

    Rod Earle is a senior lecturer at The Open University in the school of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care. He is a founder member of the British Convict Criminology group which supports the development of prisoner and ex-prisoner perspectives in criminology. He has published widely on this topic and is on the advisory board of the Prison Reform Trust’s prisoner engagement project.

    James Mehigan is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Canterbury and a barrister at Garden Court Chambers. He taught criminology at the OU for 10 years during which time he tutored students across the prison estate in England and Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is a former member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Pentonville Prison.

    Openings and Introductions: Education for the many, prison for the few ~ Rod Earle and James Mehigan

    From Prisoner to Student ~ Anne Pike and Ruth McFarlane

    Vignette 1: Choosing my journey – Kamal Abdul

    Pioneers and Politics: Open University Journeys in British and Irish prisons in Long Kesh during the years of conflict 1972-1975 ~ Philip O’Sullivan & Gabi Kent

    Vignette 2: Avoiding the mind-numbing vortex of drivel … – Thomas

    A University Without Walls ~ Dan Weinbren

    Vignette 3: Starting a new chapter – Mr C.T. Morgans

    Open universities, close prisons: critical arguments for the future ~ Rod Earle & James Mehigan

    Vignette 4: Out of the abysmal – ‘Eris’

    The Light to Fight The Shadows: On Education as Liberation ~ Kris McPherson

    From Despair to Hope ~ Margaret Gough

    Vignette 5: Making my commitment – Razib Quraishi

    Straight up! From HMP to PhD ~ Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski

    From Open University in Prison to Convict Criminology Upon Release: Mind the Gap ~ Michael Irwin

    Vignette 6: Message to a prisoner – Gordon McDonald

    From the School of Hard Knocks to the University of Hard Locks ~ Abdulhaq Al-Wazeer

    Becoming Me with The Open University ~ Edwin Screeche-Powell

    Vignette 7: Catching up with Kafka – Steven Taylor

    From D102 to Paulo Freire: an Irish Journey ~ Laurence McKeown

    Vignette 8: My journey, my new life – Dan Micklethwaite

    Ex-prisoners and the transformative power of higher education ~ David Honeywell

    Vignette 9: Prison choices: taking a degree or packing tea? – Alan Jermey

    What the OU did for me ~ Erwin James

    Appendix 1: Study with the OU