Ross Deuchar

In times of trouble, faith can see you through

Contact with prison chaplains can help young offenders to feel listened to in a way that they did not experience at school

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In recent years, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has argued that prisons have an important role to play in rehabilitating offenders, and that “purposeful activity” should support the development of strengths and potential. And as part of my research, I have examined the potential role that prison chaplains can play within rehabilitation.

I conducted research in Polmont, Scotland’s largest young offender institution, where Christian pastors and imams share office space and regularly collaborate on support strategies for the young inmates. While some inmates who I interviewed were of a ...

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