Why prisoners?

Around the world prisons are in crisis. The number of people incarcerated is growing, rates of re-offending remain high and too many prisons are dangerously under-resourced.

Too often it is the poorest, least educated and most vulnerable people who find themselves in prison. In both Uganda and Kenya, as with many countries across Africa, there are inmates who will never meet a lawyer.

They are crammed into facilities not built for the numbers, with some operating at 300% capacity.

Conditions aren't much better for the prison staff, who live in barracks near the prisons and often experience similar conditions to those under their care.

 

What we do

We work alongside prisoners and staff who choose each day to use their lives, and the resources they have, to help and support others. 

We have a responsibility to support and develop these change-makers, and to give them the platform they need to share, inspire and motivate others.

We work across three key areas:

  1. Justice Changemaker Training
  2. Justice Changemaker Services
  3. Improving Prison Conditions

Take a look through our latest case for support, to fully understand APP's work and impact.

Justice Changemaker Training

What We Do

Equipping senior leaders with formal education, legal training and exposure to global best practice to ensure that prisoners’ rights are upheld – and that everyone is entitled to a fair and speedy trial, with the facility to access bail and appeal against unjust circumstances.

How we do it

Legal education: A formalised sponsorship programme enabling prisoners and prison staff to study Law with the University of London’s distance learning programme. Through this, we can support the many prisoners that are denied a fair trial simply because issues of poverty prevent them from accessing legal support. Masters and postgraduate study linked to penal development and the provision of basic services such as education, health and access to justice are also available to senior prison professionals.

Leadership: Professional secondment opportunities for senior prison and criminal justice personnel to learn from UK prison management systems. Secondment programmes encompass our four key pillars of work and so support the delivery of new service models in African prisons.

Justice Changemaker Services

What we do

Ensuring that the rule of law, human rights and equal access to justice is promoted, respected and fulfilled across prison communities.

How we do it

Human rights training: In-house training to prisoners and prison staff to become Prison Human Rights Advocates and Peer Educators. This means that they can then provide simple, accessible information about the court process to those in need.

Systemic education: Imprisonment comes at the end of a long chain of decisions that involves legislators, policy makers, the police, prosecutors and courts. The justice system therefore has to be seen as a whole. That’s why we create opportunities for officials to visit prisons and see first-hand the transformation that is possible behind bars. We also provide platforms and forums for officials to discuss challenges that affect access to justice – supporting them in fostering a human rights culture across prison communities.

Improving Prison Conditions

What we do

Promoting the health and physical wellbeing of prison communities through increased access to essential health services. Introducing basic skills, creative and vocational training to encourage prisoners to use their time to prepare for release, resettlement and employment.

How we do it

Health education and activities: Educating prisoners and prison staff on key health issues. This includes the introduction of basic activities that promote wellbeing through healthy bodies and minds – giving people the chance to put learned lessons into practise.

Clinical services and support: Providing enhanced medical training to prison staff so that they can deliver basic services and meet the health needs of those under their care (this includes the provision of nutritional support and HIV/AIDS programmes).

Building health infrastructure: From biogas toilets and boreholes to water tanks and refurbished health clinics we are committed to ensuring that local prison environments have the facilities that are conducive to good health and the resources to support patients in need.

Functional Adult Literacy (FAL): A formalised literacy and numeracy programme delivered to prisoners without any formal education. The curriculum is delivered by APP-identified and trained tutors from within the prison community.

Vocational training: Life skills and vocational programmes provide prisoners with the opportunity to enter employment post-release. This helps to break the cycle of poverty and crime by equipping prisoners with practical and hands-on skills.

Libraries: The refurbishment/building of library facilities together with the training of library assistants gives the prison community a positive resource to support access to education.


The way APP has been operating in this area should be emulated across Uganda where they need the services that APP is providing.

It has been very successful in ensuring that people access justice and that the prisoners, and their rights, are respected.
— Honourable Justice Dr. Winfred Nabisinde, Uganda