Can the Arts prevent ex-prisoners from re-offending? - 5'

 

 

A Video Feature for BBC Online / BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire/ BBC News

 

More than one in four criminals reoffend within a year, according to the most recent Ministry of Justice figures.

 

Debarred Theatre founder Dean Stalham is a writer, visual artist and activist for prison reform - as well as a former prisoner himself.

He believes theatre builds the confidence of ex-offenders and, as a result, tackles re-offending and offers means for rehabilitation.

Dean's play, The Barred, was performed in a reading at the Royal Court Theatre earlier this year.

 

He spoke to BBC News about how art saved his life, and why he wants to help others.

 

 

Credit:

 

Written, Filmed, Directed, Produced and Edited by Shan Ng

Assistant Producer: Robert Williams

 

It can also be viewed on the BBC website here:

 

               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32886237

 

 

It was also aired on television BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire on 29th May 2015