Lee says: “For 18 months I’ve been sat in that prison with a stagnant mind. I need something to do and here it is…”

“There are the things that the courts never gets to hear, because the police say you are this, this is what you are. I’m a hard-working person and this is what I do, but all they heard was ‘this is what he is’ and ‘that’s what he is’ and ‘this is because we think this’. … More Lee says: “For 18 months I’ve been sat in that prison with a stagnant mind. I need something to do and here it is…”

Benny says: “when I first came out here, it was a little bit shameful to say you’re a prisoner when you meet the public.”

“The hardest thing for me is, which I have no choice, is going to the gate every morning, standing there’s big doors, one only opens when the other one’s closed … we stand in that and it’s like an empty garage, freezing cold, waiting to get out, but we also stand there with the guys … More Benny says: “when I first came out here, it was a little bit shameful to say you’re a prisoner when you meet the public.”

Eric says: “I need to get back in the swing of things for work”

“I’m coming out to LandWorks on the understanding from the prison staff who have said it will be very beneficial for me. I class myself as a hard worker, but I wanted to explore a bit more about LandWorks and I’ve heard of opportunities of work on release, contacts that you lot have, the work … More Eric says: “I need to get back in the swing of things for work”

George says: “Are people going to want to talk to you if you’ve been in prison?”

People say to me “why did you do it?”, I said “greed at the end of the day”, that’s the bottom line, didn’t have to do it, but the opportunity was there. But, I’m not coming back to prison. No chance.  but I never knew the implications, how long you’d get… I’ve done what I’ve … More George says: “Are people going to want to talk to you if you’ve been in prison?”

Jarvis says: “It makes me anxious just to do that normal stuff…”

I think it’s important to say that I’ve been a long-term criminal most of my life. I’ve come to a stage in my life that I’ve had enough. I’ve hurt so many people, including myself. All the relationships that I’ve had with my children… I haven’t been there for anybody really. Then, obviously, there’s all … More Jarvis says: “It makes me anxious just to do that normal stuff…”

Peter says: “So, I think ending up in jail… it done me a favour, really…”

It wasn’t until I was doing some groups in jail and this is pretty much my only real jail sentence… I was doing a group, we used to do a group every two-weeks together, like a ‘smart’ group and it wasn’t until we were picking holes in my sort of life, that I realised the … More Peter says: “So, I think ending up in jail… it done me a favour, really…”

George says: “it’s my family doing the prison sentence now…”

“I’ve come to terms with it and I’m getting on with my time and I’m doing it,  the jury’s found me guilty, let’s get on with it and charge forward, I mean some people are depressed and some have done this that and the other, just get on with it, I mean really it’s my … More George says: “it’s my family doing the prison sentence now…”

Rachel says: “You need to give people the opportunity to improve their lives and to live”

I am a police officer, you get sworn in on Friday of the first week, so it’s all done and dusted, I’m working towards a diploma in policing, which is a two year overall thing and as part of that you have to do 80 hours in the community, so this week at LandWorks comes … More Rachel says: “You need to give people the opportunity to improve their lives and to live”

Troy says: “if I’d gone to a place like this, it would have probably stopped me going in the second time…”

  Troy says: “I have been working with Graham, I’ve been doing quite a lot of carpentry and stuff like that, yeah it’s been interesting, it’s work that suits me to be fair, being out and practical, and stuff, they’re pretty simple to make as well, it’s all pretty simple, you don’t realise, it’s just … More Troy says: “if I’d gone to a place like this, it would have probably stopped me going in the second time…”