Matt says: “my time in prison has been an experience, one I could’ve done without”

“My time in prison has been an experience, one I could’ve done without… Do you know, LandWorks has been a godsend to me, it really has, and you need more of these units around the country, definitely. They get you in touch with humans again, instead of people in bloody black suits. You’re just like … More Matt says: “my time in prison has been an experience, one I could’ve done without”

Reece says: “what I’ve found here, is I’ve found some friendships and I’ve found conversations…”

“I’m the sort of person where if I’m going to work say at six, I’ll start getting anxious about that, even though I know everything I’m doing in that job, and that everybody’s happy with what I’m doing, there’s no problems, I’ll start getting anxious about that about 2.30 in the afternoon, and then there’s … More Reece says: “what I’ve found here, is I’ve found some friendships and I’ve found conversations…”

Casper says: “It’s just one day at a time for me.”

“I’ve done lots of catering types of work. Loads of different types of jobs. Never the same type of job, but always usually catering. I’ve done removals. I’ve done factory work, production work, sales, all sorts of jobs. I’ve worked at the local supermarkets, till work, bit of everything really, but mainly catering, mainly kind … More Casper says: “It’s just one day at a time for me.”

Sean says: “This is a whole new section now. New beginnings. I’m looking forward to it…”

“I had visions of having Hi-Vis on, ‘community service’ written on, picking up rubbish in a field or something, thought it would be something degrading to be honest. It was completely the opposite. Fell on my feet massively. From what I understand that’s what community service is… well, back in my Town it was anyway. … More Sean says: “This is a whole new section now. New beginnings. I’m looking forward to it…”

Lee says: “but it’s like when the judge says four-and-a-half years, you think “oh shit…”

“I was on bail for 18 months and I couldn’t take a contract on because it would’ve been in excess of 12 months. I’d already put a tender in, I’d got a job basically, but I couldn’t take it, so I had to sit around doing bit-part jobs while I waited to go to court. … More Lee says: “but it’s like when the judge says four-and-a-half years, you think “oh shit…”

Alfie says: “finding out about myself. I think prison does a lot of that, and it’s a big time for reflection…”

“To summarise, I am hoping to benefit from the two years in custody as best I can, to make the most of it, to look back on, to reflect and say I’ve made a difference to my life, and to really come out of it, and to make the future brighter for myself. I think … More Alfie says: “finding out about myself. I think prison does a lot of that, and it’s a big time for reflection…”

Quentin says: “I couldn’t do another year, put it that way. Not a chance. It’s tougher than I thought.”

“I’ve been giving this a lot of thought because when people are reading the PeN Project, there’s an assumption about people in prison. I’m here to burst that assumption because whoever is reading this, the assumption will be that I’m from a low education background, that I’m from a sink estate somewhere, that I’m on … More Quentin says: “I couldn’t do another year, put it that way. Not a chance. It’s tougher than I thought.”