UK: finding an outlet
A journey of rehabilitation by literacy
About 16% of the general population is illiterate in the United Kingdom, against roughly 50% of the prison population. How does illiteracy change one’s life in prison? Why are reading and writing so important?
Noel Smith learned to read and write while serving time in prison. Literacy fundamentally changed his perspective on life and pushed him to further develop himself through education. Today, he is an author and editor for Inside Time, a newspaper published for prisoners that also serves as a platform for them to speak out.
Prison Insider talked with Noel Smith and he shared with us his story.