John [Lockdown in Prison Special]

Jason's guest on this extra special edition of More Than My Past is John, who was only released from prison in February of this year. John was inside both before and during COVID-19 lockdown, when prisoners were subject to unprecedented restrictions involving being locked in their cell for more than 23 hours a day. He was also released back in May of last year, but the temporary closure of many of the usual support services led him straight back to relapse and crime. John has been helped by The Forward Trust and the Nehemiah Project to finally break the 7-year cycle of re-addiction and re-incarceration that he was stuck in and is now using experience gained in HMP Brixton’s Clink restaurant to start a career as a chef – a profession which has helped so many ex-offenders move forward with their lives.

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