User Voice founder Mark Johnson spoke to The Joint Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday 15 March to discuss how to better prevent the deaths in prison of people with mental health conditions.
As well as highlighting the findings of the Spice report, Mark told the Committee that not enough attention is being given to the role that prisoners can have in providing support to their fellow prisoners.
He said, ‘Having worked in 24 prisons, some of the best examples I have seen in the current climate… are those where prisoners see themselves as stakeholders. Some of the best practice I have seen in dealing with a lack of budget and with conditions arises where prison governors promote more responsibility among prisoners and pick up that thread: listener schemes, councils, and healthcare runners.’
Mark appeared alongside Mike Trace, Chief Executive of RAPt; Andrea Albutt, President of Prison Governors Association; and Mike Rolfe, the Chair of the Prison Officers’ Association.