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RECOOP's Distraction Packs address the need for prisoners to access stimulating in-cell activity

Wednesday, January 23rd 2019

The concluding paragraph of ‘Life in Prison: living conditions’, a findings paper by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (October 2017), says:

“When confined to their cells it is important that prisoners can access stimulating in-cell activities to help them pass the time constructively.  However, sometimes access to such activities is limited: prisoners may not be able to access the library or other education opportunities, or may not have the means to purchase craft materials, and so spend long hours in confined spaces with nothing to occupy them.”

Now in its 3rd year, RECOOP’s Distraction Packs benefit hundreds of such prisoners by giving them access to interesting reading material, quizzes, puzzles, activities and health advice on a monthly basis.  Prisons have subscribed to receive an electronic copy of the Pack, entitled "Food for thought", which they then circulate to as wide an audience as they wish within their own establishment.  Their distribution is also being rolled out across custody suites at all courts in England & Wales.

A sample issue can be found on our website under “How we can help – Distraction Packs”.

If you would like further information, please contact us:  info@recoop.org.uk

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