One of the things that we (that is Shadd, Fergus and I) have needed to do these past few weeks is to identify some of the people who we might want to speak to during the production of the film. The film, just to recap, is the first stage of the project, and will be shown to those working in the criminal justice system, voluntary sector, service users, families of those wanting to break away from crime.
With this in mind I spoke to a couple of people from the tracking project (the long term follow-up of probationers I’ve been running since the late 1990s) last night about their potential involvement. Both agreed, I’m delighted to say. It was really nice to speak to both of these guys and to find out briefly how their lives had moved on in the 15 or so months since I’d seen them last. Both are working in drugs rehabiliation and one of them whose employment was temporary last time we spoke was now working full time – a great turn of events for someone who spent the best part of 20 years as a service user.
But it also struck me that those following these blogs may wish to put themselves forward for the second stage of our project; the involvement in the discussions following the screening of the film. We’d like to hear from ‘ex-offenders’ (horrible term, my apologies), current service users (of, say, probation or drugs rehabilitation services) and those working in the criminal justice system interested in the desistance perspective. We’re also hoping to involvement family members in the discussions.
So, if you know anyone who fits the above – or if you fit the above yourself – please do drop one of us a line! We’re not limiting ourselves to just the UK, so please do let as many people as possible know about the project. Thanks!
Script off to the production company next week, so a very exciting time all round!
All the best,