Case 3 – recalled licence
Our website has been underdeveloped for quite a while. At a recent structured debriefing session the phrase “Webshite” was suggested as being something more accurate, although this is something being addressed in an ongoing organic manner.
We had been given the contact details of Steve, a returning citizen, who had knowledge, experience and talent in the wonderful world of the world wide web. He had been released under licence and had set up his own company doing webby stuff. We tried to make contact and eventually found out that he was back inside, having been recalled under the terms of his licence.
We arranged a meeting within the prison to discuss what had happened and to explore what might happen in the future. Steve told us that he was soon up for parole. His criminal justice social worker was confident that he would get it since he had been a model prisoner since his re-incarceration. Steve himself seemed hopeful and was about 75% confident of being released.
We spoke about our requirements and the important point was that we could provide him with the job to develop our website. We were also happy to write a letter to the parole board in support of his application. Steve had other ideas as well as setting up his web business again. He wanted to also get involved with giving something back and he say the opportunity for developing a web based arts social enterprise. Steve had also secured web development work with another voluntary organisation. Steve was also keen to get involved with the sort of mentoring support that PPPF provided.
Steve was refused parole by the board. The Scottish Prison Service felt that he was not ready to return to the community and they wanted him to complete the constructs course again before spending some time in the open estate. However, to get on this programme involves a waiting list.
We went back to see Steve after his parole hearing. Instead of being down and depressed about it Steve was philosophical and resigned to trying for a judicial review of the decision. Steve still wanted to be involved in some way and he was going to explore web development work within the prison via the education department. He also had a few ideas about other projects that could possibly help with other inmates. His enthusiasm that was clearly evident before the parole hearing had clearly not been knocked out of him by the negative outcome…