Alexander McLean: Imprisoned potential - Restoring hope and dignity to the justice system

About this talk: You can learn a lot about the character of a country by its jails. Alexander McLean tells of the subhuman treatment he witnessed in African prisons—conditions so brutal that he founded a distance-learning organization that empowers prisoners to fight for their own rights. But the larger question he asks relates not just to Africa: “If as a society we say that someone who has stolen will always be a thief, what skills and gifts and talents do we miss out on?”

About this speaker

Alexander McLean studied law at Nottingham University and went on to do an LLM with the University of London. He was called to the Bar in 2010 as a Lord Mansfield and Hardwicke Scholar at Lincoln’s Inn, London. He sits as a magistrate on the Nottingham Bench and on the legal committee of the International Corrections and Prisons Association. Alexander founded the African Prisons Project, which develops education programmes in prisons in Africa. In December 2013, TIME Magazine named Alexander one of 30 under 30s changing the world.

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