AFRICAN PRISONS PROJECT
AFRICAN PRISONS PROJECT
The African Prisons Project works to bring dignity and hope to men, women and children in prison through healthcare, education, access to justice and community reintegration.
The African Prisons Project (APP) works to bring dignity and hope to men, women and children in prison through healthcare, education, access to justice and community reintegration. It is the vision of APP that time spent in prison is a period of positive transformation where inmates can gain the skills and attitude needed to contribute positively to society on their release from prison.
APP works to establish a new model for imprisonment in Africa, based on a respect for human rights and rehabilitation. APP’s work is built on three pillars: infrastructure development such as the establishment of prison libraries or prison sick bays; formal and informal education, which ranges from functional adult literacy to helping prisoners and prisons staff study for law degrees by correspondence with British universities; and community sensitisation, to change the attitudes of the societies serve when it comes to criminal justice issues.
We aim to restore the dignity of those we serve by providing humane conditions and services which help them to regain their humanity.
Africa is a continent in transition, and its problems are magnified within its detention systems. The plight of detainees is rarely noticed; therefore they receive little help from charitable organisations. Yet they include the most downtrodden and vulnerable - babies imprisoned with their mothers, the mentally ill, children and the illiterate.
AFRICAN PRISONS PROJECT aims to:
- To bring about systemic and sustainable change in prisons by working in partnership with prison services.
- To help people in prison in Africa to live with dignity and to change prison sentences into a time of positive transformation.
- To be a catalyst of change and source of hope by bringing immediate improvements to prisoners’ welfare and creating models for rehabilitation.
- To create safer communities and break the cycle of crime.
- To bring expertise in the form of new skills, knowledge and ideas into the prison environment.
Established: November 2007
Registered Charity Number: 1121764
Board members: 8
Full time staff: 23
Phone number: 020 8408 1548
Address: 95 Miles Road Mitcham CR4 3FHView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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