ABOUT PD

Purpose and Vision 

To encourage the international use of Dialogue
                      in order to integrate and humanise society in and out of prison
 

thereby ensuring successful journeys for offenders from arrest to resettlement
           and fulfilling careers for staff in the criminal justice system

“The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of any country. A calm and dispassionate recognition of the rights of the accused against the state and even of convicted criminals against the state, a constant heart-searching by all charged with the duty of punishment, a desire and eagerness to rehabilitate in the world of industry of all those who have paid their duesin the hard coinage of punishment, tireless efforts towards the discovery of curative and regenerating processes and an unfaltering faith that there is a treasure, if only you can find it in the heartof every person – these are the symbols which in the treatment of crime and criminals mark and measure the stored up strength of a nation, and are the sign and proof of the living virtue in it.”  

Winston Churchill - House of Commons Speech, 20 July 1910

Prison Dialogue has generated a powerful new form of Dialogue by working in a wide variety of situations since 1993 in prisons, corrections and the criminal justice system in the UK, the US and elsewhere.  It is our vision that this Dialogic approach will be taken up globally to integrate and humanise prisons and corrections.  This will ensure successful life journeys for offenders in their care, from arrest to resettlement in their local community as well as fulfilling careers for staff. The ultimate aim of transforming the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in this way is to create public safety and well-being by integrating and humanising human society itself.

To realise this vision Prison Dialogue needs international recognition as a source of deep practical experience and knowledge in relation to transforming prisons, corrections and the criminal justice system and Prison Dialogue will need to ensure easy access to the enabling skills, practices, theory and know-how.

Prison Dialogue believes that the measure of success of the wide use of Dialogue will be when the following fundamental changes occur:

The Respect Dialogue:  Those administering, managing and working in prisons presume that all involved (including ex-offenders, prisoners and staff) are intelligent, compassionate and enjoy participating - and that if this is not the case there is a reason which can be understood and addressed through the use of dialogue. 

The Oneness Dialogue:  Everyone involved in prisons, corrections and the criminal justice system (including ex-offenders, prisoners and staff) has a single common interest and purpose – namely enabling participation in and making a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.

The Citizenship Dialogue: The success of prisons and correctional systems is seen as directly proportional to their contribution to the success of the Offender Journeys made by those in their care, from arrest to resettlement. 

The Organisational Dialogue:  Those who administer corrections and the criminal justice system understand and address organizational fragmentation to ensure successful careers for staff, and alignment around effective, sustainable and cost-efficient solutions for the benefit of their local and regional communities and the public as a whole.

The Public Dialogue:  Prisons, corrections and the criminal justice system in all countries engage the public, whom they serve, and inform them by their words and actions that respect for the rule of law as fundamental to the professional service they provide.