Sign up for an Award
Participate with your entry in one of our professional or student awards.Sign up for an award
You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.
some time in prison can ruin a whole life. Former prisoners have difficulties
finding jobs, renting apartments and setting foot in society again. Many of
them never succeed and find themselves in the downward spiral of criminality
again. In 2018, Inhouse Records, a social London-based music label, was honored
with the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE: The project is helping prisoners and former
inmates to be trained through a non linear restorative platform; different
aspects of the record label production as an overall support system after
year after winning the SIP, it is time to catch up with the project designer
Judah Armani. “The prize was a very helpful affirmation for me”, he says. “As a
designer, it’s unfortunate when the design world doesn’t recognize an
initiative that’s been ‘designed’ however in recognizing the social impact we
achieved and are achieving.” Armani is happy how “iF reinforced a belief that
we are on the right path and people who are aware of social impact at the
highest level, are able to see our work and recognize the importance of it.”
“We have a 73% engagement rate, meaning that if a participant chooses to engage with Inhouse Records whilst they are in prison, there is a very good chance they will continue with us on the outside too”, recalls Armani happily.
But how does that engagement look like and what helps former prisoners the most? For some, they are motivated by making music or managing artists. “The provision of writing rooms, rehearsal rooms and recording studios makes all of this possible” says Armani.
In fact, all
the SIP prize money was spent on the work Inhouse Records does outside of
prison, put towards a resettlement fund, which supports all the graduates in
advancing in life and ensuring that they do not return to criminality and
prison. This support ranges from travels to meet at regular studio sessions, to
paying for deposits to secure housing, funds to provide interview clothing or
for equipment to further their career opportunities.
For others, who are more entrepreneur type, engagement can look like working with one of the partners to gain business experience. “Our partners include Universal, Ernst & Young, BBC Radio and Rinse FM.” Inhouse Records even launched a new project: InHouse Studios is an opportunity for those who have left prison to teach youth at risk.
The success of the project is immense: InHouse Records operates in 4 UK Prisons, with 100+ people, and has two out of prison hubs. They are 300% oversubscribed in every jail, with a waiting list of 6 prisons and have reduced violence in prison and negative behavior by 36% and increasing positive behavior by 428%!
We at iF are proud and happy about the great news and progress of Inhouse Records – keep on going strong!
Read more about the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE.