In my discussions with the paralegals, I learned that inmates often don’t understand the charges levied against them, let alone their options for defending themselves in a court of law- Charlie Binder.
To date, APP's partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and Clifford Chance, who support this programme, has enabled 24 talented prison officers to participate in this unique learning experience.
“I have realised that my dreams are bigger than my fears.” William Okumu
Growing evidence shows more expenditure on people-centred justice delivers a high return on investment, while unresolved legal problems put huge strain on the economy - Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland.
“I can’t believe it. I feel like I have been reborn. Sometimes I stay up at night just thinking about the life that awaits me. I want to start a fresh, prison has prepared me to face hardships”.
Mock trials provide prisoners with perhaps their first look at a courtroom, what might be expected of them when they stand trial or make an appeal, and how a Judge might respond to their case.