Prisoner Rehabilitation through Performing Arts




Professor Ashley Lucas, Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan


Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi from the Wits Justice Project (Left), Professor Ashley Lucas (Middle), and Dr Cobus van Staden, lecturer at the Wits Department of Media Studies (Right)












On August 8 2014,  Professor Ashley Lucas, director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan joined the Wits Justice Project’s Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi on the panel for the second School of Literature Language and Media (SLLM) seminar.

“Hosted by the Wits Journalism department, the second seminar focused on prisoner rehabilitation and the use of the arts in the facilitation of the rehab process. Lucas spoke of the motivation to work in this area following her own father’s incarceration for a period of 20 years (he had only been released in May this year.) Erfani-Ghadimi, talked about the problems prisoners face in South African institutions and how the work of the WJP helps to bring justice to many prisoners who face an uncertain and protracted period in remand detention. Lucas also provided a quick look into her work through the performance of one of a set of monologues, which can be viewed on Youtube.”


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