“Half of all prisoners lose contact with their families. What we know is that those who do maintain contact, are up to 6 times less likely to reoffend.”

Alan Crickmore – TEDx Exeter 2018

Alan Crickmore

How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids

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When someone goes to prison, the hidden victims of their crimes are often their own children. More than half of all prisoners lose contact with their families, and those who do are far more likely to reoffend. Recently released prisoner Alan Crickmore explains how one charity, Story Book Dads, is keeping families connected through the power of storytelling.

Alan Crickmore is married with adult children. He practised Law for over thirty years before being sent to prison for a lengthy term. In prison he developed new skills and was active in Prison Education assisting in the teaching of English and Maths to prisoners of limited ability and experience.

Recently Alan began to work for Storybook Dads, a charity whose objects include the promotion of family ties between prisoners and their children. Since his release from prison Alan has continued to work for Storybook Dads from home and is an ambassador for the charity. Alan lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and Teddy, their Lakeland Terrier.

Biography published 2018

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