Reintegrating released prisoners into the community

HMP Grampian
HMP Grampian – the first purpose built community-facing prison in Scotland.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend John Chalmers, and the Convener of the Church and Society Council, the Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, will be speaking about rehabilitating released prisoners back into their communities on Monday at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

Organised by the Scottish Prison Service in collaboration with Prisoners Week starting on February 23, the Symposium: Creating Space for Change will be chaired by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, Colin McConnell.

The Scottish Prison Service has launched a new corporate vision called Helping build a safer Scotland – Unlocking Potential – Transforming Lives and is keen to engage with community partners. The focus of the Symposium will be on Creating Space for Change and it is hoped the exercise will explore the question of how communities can create the space for released prisoners to live out the changes they have started making in prison.

Faith leaders, academics and secularists have been invited to submit papers on the theme for discussion. A compendium of the papers will be made available at the symposium and on the Scottish Prison Service website.

The Symposium which has been fully booked begins at 7pm, Monday, February 23, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh.