Words: Elaine Quinn
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The African Prison’s Project (APP) has been operating for approximately ten years and has announced its intention to establish the world’s first prison law school.

Alexander McLean, an activist and attorney, and founder of APP appeared on PBS News Hour’s ‘Brief but Spectacular’ in July and said: “We’re in the process of establishing the world’s first prison-based law college. We’re then going to establish a prison-based law firm, through which they provide services to their peers. We have seen about 3,000 people released from prison in Uganda and Kenya, having accessed legal services from prisoners and prison staff we have trained. The law is seen as a profession for the privileged, for the elite. We want to change that thinking. We recognize that, actually, the law is here to serve all of us. We want to see people getting out of prison, becoming lawyers and judges, and politicians, and legal academics, and business leaders, going from the margins of society to the center of it.”

Watch the PSB clip here.

Read more about the African Prisons Project here.

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