Probus Meeting: Working With Some of the Most Dangerous Men in the Country

Chairman Tony Brown welcomed club members to the 499th meeting of Henley Probus and briefed the meeting on the plans for the celebration of our 500th meeting on August 13.

Janine Kilroe was the guest speaker this month who gave a very interesting and enlightening illustrated talk on “Working with Some of the Most Dangerous Men in the Country – 7 Years Inside.” Janine was an IT teacher within various prisons for 7 years; the 4 categories of prisons ranged from the most secure Cat A (highest category) to Cat D (open prison) and Janine shared her experiences  in a number of  men prisons in which she taught. Her experiences confirmed many issues that are frequently reported in the national press e.g. major capacity problems, a number of prisons (1 in 6) don’t have trained officers, drug dealing inside prisons becoming a major issue which is leading to prison deaths and the prison environment does not readily lend itself to improving the behaviour of young prisoners thus does not reduce the risk of them returning to prison after release. Janine finished her talk by mentioning The Koestler Trust which is a leading charity for arts in UK prisons and encourages prison inmates to take part in arts which brings prison arts to the public through exhibitions, publications and events.

Henley Probus meets at Badgemore Park on the second Tuesday of each month; it starts with an informal gathering of its members (plus Visitors) for a discussion and coffee, with the formal meeting commencing at 1130 followed by a lunch.

If anyone is interested in joining the Club, please visit our website https://henleymensprobus.org.uk/contact-us/  or make themselves known to Roger Griffiths ,our Membership Secretary on 01491575137, email regriffiths44@gmail.com or to any Club member that you may know.

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