AP Foundation Podcast is a live streaming, hard-hitting news talk show hosted by Andrew Pritchard alongside guest presenters each week. We discuss current affairs, social trends and relevant issues taking place in the criminal justice system and our wider community, where politics and crime meet media.
In our ‘Behind the Door’ programme, we read out and discuss letters sent in from inmates serving time in HMP establishments up and down the country, as well as interviewing high profile ex-offenders about life behind bars and what led them to crime in the first place. We speak to the relatives and loved ones of those who have been the victims of crime, as well as the family members of those still serving long sentences. We speak to ex-offenders who have recently been released from prison and explore their challenges and efforts as they try to adjust back into society.
We are not afraid to speak out against injustice and corruption within the system. Our aim is to be a force for good, empowering and supporting both individuals and organisations who are working to stop the violence and knife crime on our streets in the UK. A movement is emerging – and by providing a platform offering resources, learning programmes and employment opportunities for vulnerable youths or ex offenders then together – we can fight back against knife crimes and senseless killing of young people.
Host & Executive Producer
Andrew Pritchard was sent to prison for possession with intent to supply class A drugs, perverting the course of justice and money laundering offences. Previously he had been indicted and stood trial for ‘being knowingly concerned in the importation of 489kg of cocaine’, which he was acquitted of in 2006. Either by accident or design, his journey in life over the past three decades saw him rise to the top of an Organized Crime Group (OCG).
Early into serving his sentence at H.M.P Belmarsh, Andrew could not help but notice the numerous amounts of violent acts that the prison staff had to deal with on a daily basis. Many of which seemed to be the result of continuous fights occurring between the younger population of prisoners. Notably, affiliated to postcode gangs on the outside.
From growing up and living in London’s most troubled inner city areas, to seeing the children of close friends and relatives join postcode gangs. To watching the heartache caused in cases where lives were lost or life-threatening injuries were sustained. Seeing and experiencing this first hand, he felt compelled to do something about this growing problem.
Andrew and a fellow inmate decided to propose an idea to the prison Governor at the monthly Safer Custody meeting. This resulted in them being granted permission to select a small group of prominent inmates that were respected amongst other prisoners as well as trusted by security and senior members of staff. A pilot intervention course was initiated, which was delivered to them by an ex offender who had previously served time with Andrew. Over the following 14 months a framework was established and a support mechanism was put into place to allow for the training of these mentors.
Finally after campaigning tirelessly to convince the authorities that the proposal would work, in September 2016 the One Postcode initiative was given the green light to go ahead. Statistics have shown that ‘One postcode’ has been extremely successful in helping to resolve conflict situations through orchestrated mediation. Assaults dropped considerably and the vast majority of negotiated treaties between feuding inmates was successfully maintained, which meant they could now be removed from the conflict list.
Following Andrew’s release from prison at 52 years of age he channeled all his energy towards his advocacy forming the AP Foundation (C.I.O), which specializes in the development and writing of rehabilitation programs as well as providing training in transferable skills applicable to the music and film industries.
Given Andrew’s personal journey and lived experience, spending years behind bars and travelling through various category A, B, C and D Prison Establishments. Andrew qualifies to be the perfect host.
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Young adult offenders often relate to those who have ‘walked in their shoes’, those who have the lived experience of the criminal justice system. The AP Foundation believe that the ex-offender community has an important role to play in resettlement and rehabilitation.
Arts, culture and media programmes are also an effective way of engaging difficult to engage young adult people in productive activities connected with their leisure interests, developing their vocational and transferable employment skills, boosting their employability and reducing re-offending.