THE reality of life behind bars will be discussed by Winchester Prison governor James Bourke as part of the Winchester Books Festival. 

The talk, on April 19, is part of the Doing Time project - a book and exhibition supported by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which also shares the stories of the people who live and work at Winchester Prison. 

It tells the story of 175 years of its history, the harsh regimes of the past and today’s focus on education, training and reform. Prison life is revealed through the stories staff who share the challenges of supporting prisoners with complex social, mental and physical needs. 

The book and exhibition were written by Winchester Magazine editor Liz Kavanagh who spent over six months visiting the prison before, after and during the pandemic. 

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Photography by award-winning Winchester photographer Javaid Akhtar features throughout, revealing the stark reality of prison life. 

Mr Bourke said: “Last year, 2,700 men passed through Winchester Prison, on remand, awaiting release and serving sentences. 

“My talk will provide an overview of 175 years of prison history and the many individuals who make up the prison – from our dedicated teachers, healthcare staff and prison officers to the prisoners themselves." 

The talk takes place at 4pm on April 19 at the University of Winchester. 
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