Social co-operatives and prison systems

A good example of how co-operatives can make a difference in people’s lives comes with the use of the social co-operative model in prison systems around the globe.

This was passionately discussed during the ILO’s Co-operatives: World of Work Research Conference Nov 9-10 in Antalya Turkey. The theme was “looking at throwaway people who are marginalised, and developing worker co-operatives that humanize rehabilitation,” said Dr Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City who organised and moderated the panel.

According to researcher Dr Isobel M. Findlay, associate professor of business communication at the University of Saskatchewan, co-operatives gave aboriginal women incarcerated for two years or less “agency and a voice so they could reconstruct their life stories”.

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