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…”

Frankie says: “What I’m looking forward to most is to be able to drop my guard and relax…”

I’m fortunate my time in prison, it’s coming to an end. It’s getting close to the end. A few more bullets to dodge yet… What I’m looking forward to most is to be able to drop my guard and relax. You’re so guarded all the time. To actually be able to relax, even when you … More Frankie says: “What I’m looking forward to most is to be able to drop my guard and relax…”

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…”

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”

Rodney says: “one of the supporters said to me, when you leave you’ll just go and shine somewhere else…”

“I helped Graham finish another picnic bench last week… but [recently] it’s been Mon’s shed really, just trying to get that up, which is good, I enjoy it, I’m just trying to make the most of it because I’ve only got a few RAR [Rehabilitation Activity Requirement] days left… I’m proud of everything I’ve managed … More Rodney says: “one of the supporters said to me, when you leave you’ll just go and shine somewhere else…”

Brett says: “It’s just nice to get feedback off people…”

“It’s just nice to get feedback off people and you know, it’s cool, it was like it almost felt a bit emotional listening to you guys, yeah it’s like it’s just amazing really… what I’ve managed to achieve these past few months you know, and just to get feedback off everybody has been immense, and … More Brett says: “It’s just nice to get feedback off people…”

James says: “you can see, you know when you’ve had a good day…”

“…when I was working I’d get up like half six every morning and then on the weekends you find you still wake up at that time, and to wake up really early you struggle you know… I’m coming in tomorrow as well, instead of doing four days, I’m doing five, again so it’s a bit … More James says: “you can see, you know when you’ve had a good day…”

Brett says: “this is the first time I’ve sort of admitted that I need a bit of back up here…”

” “Yeah from my point of view it came from a chat with Sarah one day, she was like what interests do you have in your life and stuff like that, and it was like music, movies, and she was like if you could pick one character that you like or whatever, and I said … More Brett says: “this is the first time I’ve sort of admitted that I need a bit of back up here…”

Brett says:”it’s hit rock bottom so I can only go up can’t I?”

“…it was just that I have never not been working, not been able to like get everything on the table for my boys when I wanted to, so to not ever have had enough money to live comfortably, and shit like that, and it was massively frustrating for me, so I did, I took the … More Brett says:”it’s hit rock bottom so I can only go up can’t I?”