Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Labour Candidate for Clapham & Brixton Hill
From Clapham & Brixton Hill, For Clapham & Brixton Hill

Please note: Parliament has now been dissolved until after the General Election, meaning I am no longer an MP.

Reading Ahead: Supporting Rehabilitation at HMP Brixton

Nov 4, 2022 | Brixton Hill, Constituency Work

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Bell with Reading Ahead staff holding a reading certificate in a library.

I visited HMP Brixton to support the Reading Ahead project, a reading challenge for young people and adults delivered by libraries and learning settings. Reading Ahead asks participants to choose six reads, each of which they will subsequently review. Completers get a set of goodies, such as cotton bags, mugs, pens, dictionaries and bookmarks. HMP Brixton has now had over 150 completers, winning the gold certificate. It has been a difficult time on the prison estate over the last two years, with prisoners often locked up for more than 23 hours a day. This project has provided a real lifeline for inmates as part of their rehabilitation and retraining efforts.