Finding Hope in a Hopeless Place

Kate Gooch (Leicester Law School) and Georgina Barkham-Perry (Criminology at Leicester)

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Our research focuses on the extent to which rehabilitation and drug recovery is possible within the prison environment. The inherent juxtaposition in seeking to develop rehabilitative approaches in a punitive environment is best captured for us in this image, which contrasts the cold, hard, austere and security-driven architecture with the colour, softness and new life planted and emerging from the ground. The image – taken as part of our research - illustrates that it is possible to find hope in a hopeless place, for new life to flourish, and for people to find some good even in the worst of circumstances.