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The Longford Trust for prison reform

Last Wednesday the Law Society was privileged to have the Longford Trust address it. The Longford Trust is one of the country's major prison reform trusts, established in the memory of Lord Longford, OE, cabinet minister and prison reformer, who died in 2001. It was therefore only right that his daughter, Lady Antonia Fraser, began the evening with a small introduction on the life of her father. This was followed by another brief talk by Magdalen Evans, one of the administrators of the trust, who gave us an outline of some of the trust’s recent success stories and some of its current work. This was followed by the hugely impressive Jason Grant, who was one of the scholars of the trust. He talked about the issues he endured in his early life, and how a desire to succeed eventually drove him to give up crime; however, he made it quite clear that without the help of the Longford Trust he would not be where he is today. Jason was also fantastic at engaging with the audience, and answered a number of questions from the floor. In between these talks Peter Stanford, who is the Director of the trust, talked to us about the troubles it has faced, but also about the good work that it is doing in trying to help more ex-offenders by giving them the opportunity for a greater standard of education and further assistance for their rehabilitation into society.

Once again we would like to thank the Provost and Lady Waldegrave for a wonderful dinner beforehand, and for making the whole evening a great success. We would also like to thank those who attended and provided some very interesting questions.

 

Ed Gross (MNF) and Tom Greenhalgh (NCWS)

 

DATE POSTED: 17 March 2010

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