Prisoners Week began in 1975 in England when an ecumenical planning committee was formed with the intention of encouraging people to remember in their thoughts and prayers prisoners and their families, the victims of crime, prison staff and all those working in the Criminal Justice community. South of the border, the week became known as Prisons’ Week.
In Scotland, Prisoners Week was organized initially as part of the work of the Joint Prisons Chaplaincies Board. Now, through an ad hoc ecumenical Planning Group - this year comprising of Chaplains, Chaplaincy Advisers and representatives from Families Outside, The Ministries Council (Church of Scotland), Prison Fellowship Scotland, Victim Support Scotland, The Howard League Scotland, Positive Prisons? Positive Futures, Faith in Throughcare, The Society of Friends and Sanctus Media - publicity material is offered together with some support and co-ordination for a number of events. Throughout the country, events are organized by Prison Chaplains, those who work with them and local Churches who aim to engage in discussion with community groups and representatives about matters that concern prisoners, victims of crime and all who care
Throughout the country events are organized by Prison Chaplains and local Churches seeking to engage in discussion with community groups and representatives about matters that concern prisoners, victims of crime and all who care.
The dates for Prisons Week have moved and this year are 9-15 October. The 2016 theme in England and Wales is 'Lord have Mercy’.
To access Prison's Week information, please click on the web link below. www.prisonsweek.org