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Mark Johnson

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Mark Johnson MBE is a leading social entrepreneur, author and commentator on crime, addiction and homelessness. He is an expert from his personal experience of these issues, documented in his bestselling autobiography Wasted and through his professional experience of advising government, charities and providers internationally and starting up a number of charities and social business, all employing the people they serve. Mark is an Ashoka Fellow, the international network of social entrepreneurs, a Visiting Associate at the University of Durham and in 2015 was awarded an MBE for services to vulnerable people.

  • Announcing a £156m cash boost for prisons across England & Wales to assist in the essential maintenance of the prison estate
  • Piloting cutting edge technology across the country to increase prisoners’ access to vital services and reduce pressure on prison & healthcare staff; including virtual GP clinics, automatic drug dispensing and data sharing between custody & community settings
  • Emphasizing the contribution of self-service software toward the efficient running of prisons and the successful rehabilitation of offenders
  • Understanding the limitations of prison rehabilitation programmes and the work which desperately needs to be continued outside of bars in order to improve reintegration back into society