Prison Chronicles: lessons from the frontline of forgiveness

The Forgiveness Project is excited to present the Prison Chronicles, a new series of live conversations exploring the stories we tell – how we shape them and ultimately how they shape us.

For over ten years we have taken our storytellers into prison with RESTORE, our award winning prison programme that supports prisoners to explore their conflicted and fragmented lives and imagine the possibility of a different future.

In conversation with our storytellers, former prisoners and prison officers this series reveals an unexpected world where the line between victim and perpetrator becomes blurred and where telling your story can save you from it.

“Witnessing these conversations is like being plugged back into the jugular of humanity on such a profound and humbling level. … I can’t think of a more soul-nourishing way to spend an hour.’ – Prison Chronicles Online Attendee

Hosted by Sandra Barefoot, Programme Manager of RESTORE, these conversations explore our shared humanity and ask us to imagine – if we had lived each other’s lives, could we have done things any differently?

For the final Prison Chronicles of 2020 we will be talking with Jacob Dunne. In 2011 Jacob Dunne fatally punched a man in an unprovoked attack. As a result he received a two-and-a-half-year custodial sentence for manslaughter of which he served 14 months. On leaving prison Jacob found himself homeless, unemployed and struggling to get his life back on track. With the encouragement of his victim’s parents, he endeavoured to get his life back on track.

Jacob Dunne is now an educator facilitating conversations around criminal justice, education and mental health. In 2020 he helped create and present a BBC Radio 4 series The Punch based on his own life story and the transformative effect of restorative justice on his life. He is a former Longford scholar and received a first class honours degree in Criminology in 2019.


  • Date: Wednesday, 2 December
  • Time: 5 – 6pm GMT – to see what time this will be where you live click here
  • Ticket price: £6 – if you can pay more, then please do add a donation. The price of the ticket includes access to the recording of the event for two weeks after.
  • Location: Your living room (via zoom)…