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Dr Sarah Lewis

Project Lead
HMP Guys Marsh (Confirmed)

In September 2016, Dr Sarah Lewis started working with HMP Guys Marsh to implement an innovative and unique project called the Growth Project.  This examined how exceptional Norwegian prison practice with enviable and world-renowned re-conviction rates, can be effectively and responsively applied to an English context.  To achieve this, it was recognised that both staff and residents needed to be central to this process, seeing it as a possible and legitimate notion, which brought benefits to all those at HMP Guys Marsh.

  • Adopting a whole-system approach by embracing the views, knowledge and experiences of staff and residents at the prison
  • Developing a research-informed project to promote continuous improvement and construct a rehabilitative environment and growth
  • Considering the Nordic model of punishment and how the principles of this system can be responsively applied to an English prison reform