Ashoka Fellow
United Kingdom
Fellow Since 2010
User Voice
This description of Mark Johnson's work was prepared when Mark Johnson was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Mark Johnson believes that only offenders can stop re-offending. Offenders are the key to their own rehabilitation, and the key to improving the system that is supposed to perform that function. Through his organization, User Voice, Mark is challenging the system’s assumption that “punishment should mean silence” by giving offenders a voice in designing the system. Through his flagship program of Prison Councils, and through activities which give offenders representation at a policy level, Mark demonstrates that rehabilitation only works if people have an opportunity to take responsibility for themselves.
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