‘Reconstructing Confinement’ starts by interrogating the failure of the UK’s prison system. With continuous cuts and a lack of support offered to those inside, reoffending rates are as high as 46% costing the UK up to £13 billion pounds a year. Most prisoners reoffend because they have no employment prospects, as they are
ill-equipped and many have no homes to return to.
At present there is a system of earned privileges and incentives, which means that inmates can gain benefits from good behaviour. Using this existing model as a catalyst the project examines a new idea where prisoners are offered workshops which provide them with the skills to self-build.
This would result in them having the ability to build both their future homes and their self esteem, with the added benefit of giving them professional skills. With the potential to achieve gainful employment within the construction industry, they could also be joining a professional community, playing a part in providing the homes so badly needed by those leaving prisons. The effect would be a chance for them to avoid the revolving door and build themselves a future.