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Debate about North Wales Prison HMP Berwyn takes place at Wrexham Glyndwr University

27 February 2017

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A debate on Retribution and Rehabilitation took place at Wrexham Glyndwr University to coincide with the opening of HMP Berwyn, the new North Wales Prison.

With the imminent opening of the prison, prisons and related issues are a hot topic in Wrexham, and the debate held by the Chaplaincy in the Nick Whitehead Theatre stirred local interest. It was attended by almost 90 people, a mixture of University staff and students, Coleg Cambria Students and the general public.

Dr Caroline Hughes, Associate Head, School of Social and Life Sciences, who chaired the debate, said: It was great to have so many people attending the debate on ‘retribution or rehabilitation’ and it was an honour to chair the debate.

"This is a contemporary debate for Wrexham with HMP Berwyn taking the first men at the end of this month. The questions put forward to the panel from the audience , who included students from the Access and Psychology courses at Coleg Cambria, students from the BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, church groups, members of the public and staff, were thought provoking and led to interesting and informative answers from the panel.

"The panel were Judith Richards JP, Rev Alan Pierce-Jones Lead Chaplain at HMP Berwyn, Michael Winwood who represented Sycamore Tree Restorative Justice Charity & Prison Fellowship and Joanne Prescott Graduate Teaching Assistant, Criminology and Criminal Justice."

Thanks to all the panel members, to all those who attended it, and to Bobby Williams, Chaplaincy Project Worker who planned the event so well.