First-class Law graduate CJ Burge was in prison when she earned her degree from The Open University. She now works for the St Giles Trust which collaborates with the Law School’s Open Justice Centre on prison education, as well as being a trustee of the Criminal Justice Alliance.
CJ was heavily pregnant when she was imprisoned in Japan for drug trafficking. After being transferred to the UK to finish her sentence, she embarked on her OU study journey. With no internet or computer access, she had to handwrite every assignment.
She was recently interviewed by Alan Rusbridger, former editor of The Guardian, about the purposes of imprisonment on Radio Four’s One to One.