|The lemon slice produced by the Bad Boys' Bakery in |
Brixton Prison, which went on sale in Caffe Nero.
So, the fact that schemes like this really can change lives and reduce reoffending rates should inspire others to launch social enterprises that make opportunities available for prisoners. Some people may think that taking that approach is wrong and that prisoners should simply serve their time, but in my opinion, that doesn’t help anybody. If you don’t want criminals to reoffend upon release, they need to be rehabilitated and given the chance to learn skills and better their lives. If that doesn’t happen, the state will just end up spending even more money locking people up for no real benefit to themselves or society as a whole.
I was reading through some people’s thoughts on Twitter during the final episode and one person said “Not everybody can be fixed”. That’s an excellent point. No matter how many opportunities are made available, some people won’t make the most of them. That might not be out of choice – they might simply find it too difficult to escape their old way of life as that’s all they’ve ever known. But when it does work for somebody, it makes it all worth it.
|Gordon Ramsay takes on a very challenging project |
in Gordon Behind Bars.
So, although I started out slightly sceptical of the series, it opened my eyes to what is a real problem with the justice system in our country and the struggles that some people in society go through. I certainly hope that Gordon Ramsay has inspired business owners to be more socially responsible by making opportunities available to ex-prisoners or launching new social enterprises. It’s that positive attitude which will make criminals become a useful part of society, rather than costing the state more and more money.
|Gordon teaching some of his team key skills which they can use to make|
a real change to their lives.