Music in Prisons Paper
Music in Prisons: A Preliminary Report (Griffiths University)
Dr Alexis Kallio from Griffiths University has permitted us to share a paper they wrote with Alexandra Gorton on the impacts music programs can have on individuals. Below is an extract from the papers introduction:
Education systems, healthcare services,
workplaces, religious leaders, community groups and others
have harnessed the power of music to inspire and enact
change: empowering individuals and working together
towards the ideals of equity and justice in a variety of settings.
These transformative potentials have seen music education in
criminal and youth justice systems since the mid-19th
Century. However, more recently as justice systems around
the world seek to promote human-rights centred and
strengths-based approaches, music-making programs are
emerging as powerful tools to support the wellbeing and
rehabilitation of incarcerated adults and young people.
This preliminary report outlines the importance of music for
individuals and communities in criminal and youth justice
settings and presents some innovative programs that have
been implemented around the world.