Before I went to prison in 2007 I was a printer by trade, a publican in London and spent many years living in South Africa. I took an Open University Openings course in 2008. This coincided with meeting the Howard League for Penal Reform and Prison Smart UK and thus set me on a path self discovery and re-invention via Academia. I became a mentor and Listener, working with various stakeholders. In 2012 I delivered a speech at Stormont to the Justice Minister and around one hundred and twenty people involved with rehabilitation in Northern Ireland and was then returned to my cell. I intend to dedicate the rest of my life to the betterment of society in showing by example what good and positive outcomes can come from using one’s time in a purposeful manner during a prison sentence. I have a BA in Criminology and Psychological studies and a MSSc in Criminology. I have submitted a PhD proposal concerning the long term effects of imprisonment on society. I won Listowell writers competition 2012 for Poetry and 2nd for short story (Prisons). I also write my own blog micsirwin.wordpress.com on many issues concerning life pre and post prison.

I am a member of:
The European Group for the study of Deviance & Social Control
The British Society of Criminology
British Convict Criminology
The Howard league for Penal Reform
The Irish Penal Reform Trust
The Northern Ireland Prison Arts Foundation
The Art of Living Foundation Northern Ireland


2 Responses to About

  1. Rod says:

    Michael – Rod calling you from across the water – I’ve lost your email and want to invite you to the CC symposium in London. Can you get in touch with me. r.earle@open.ac.uk.
    Lovely writing here! Blog On!


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