Volkert Ruhe

Ashoka Fellow
Germany
Fellow Since 2013
Gefangene helfen Jugendlichen e.V.

Citation

This profile was prepared when Volkert Ruhe was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
Introduction
In a societal context where criminal bias and a cycle of prisoner re-offense is present, ex-offender Volkert Ruhe helps juvenile delinquents decide against a criminal career by engaging them in honest dialogue with current and former prisoners. The exchange is mutually transformative, and leads to better opportunities for social integration. Through the program’s design, ex-prisoners are the driving force in changing both their own reputation and criminal patterns among young people in Germany.
The New Idea
The Problem
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The Person

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