October 18th 2018 saw the inaugural event on digital technology in the justice sector organised by Russell Webster and Socrates Software. The roadshow, entitled Going Digital: Prisons and Probation, was held at Lord’s cricket ground. Our varied line-up of expert speakers included Chief Executive of the Prisoners’ Education Trust Rod Clark, prison governors Carl Hardwick and Stephen Fradley, Dr Sarah Bromley of Care UK, and Ruth MacFarlane of Open University.
Presenters spoke about the challenges of providing paper-based courses to prisoners, how they were trying to improve digital services to learners in prison, and the potential for digital technology to revolutionise prisons and probation.
We were joined by 80 delegates from across the UK justice sector, including representatives from HMPPS, MoJ, the private prison providers, prison education providers, and large education organisations such as Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Attendees also had the opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Lord’s cricket ground.
The event demonstrated the potential power of technology in UK prisons and probation services, and how, through public and private organisations working together, we could create unique ways of using technology in justice settings to maximise opportunities for prisoners to turn their lives around and create safer, more prosperous communities.
This event laid the groundwork for the current series of Justice in the Digital Age webinars, touching on many key themes which will be covered by our speakers at future events.
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