Prison inmates learning songs including Disney's Frozen hit in bid to cut reoffending

It’s a hit with children across the world, but now a song from Disney blockbuster Frozen is ringing out across prisons too.

Prisoners are being taught to sing songs from the popular children’s animation in a bid to cut reoffending rates.

The initiative, organised by charity Beating Time, offers two-hour lessons to inmates to improve “confidence and teamwork” to prepare them for life outside.

The scheme, which is currently being run at HMP Birmingham, HMP Isis, HMP Durham and HMP Maidstone, covers a range of genres, including musicals and choir music.

Musical inmates – prisoners are being taught to sing songs in a bid to cut reoffending rates (Pictures: SWNS)

But Beating Time says inmates’ favourite tune is Idina Menzel’s Let It Go from 2013 animated film Frozen.

And one criminal at HMP Birmingham has even written his own musical, titled Prison.

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Vikki Scott, of Beating Time, said: “I have been to the sessions and they are incredibly uplifting. Those taking part do a mixture of everything, from choral work to musicals, and the sessions work on team-building and giving them a sense of community.”

“They’ve told me it’s the highlight of their week. They’ve learned new skills – and we’ve discovered some very fine voices.”

Let It Go – the Frozen hit is one of the most popular songs, according to Beating Time

Beating Time launched two years ago and has worked with over 300 prisoners.

Chief executive Heather Phillips, said: “Our mission is to create meaningful change by acting as a vehicle to show employers the potential and work ethic of many prisoners, and rehabilitate members through this group participation.

“Ultimately we want to develop a fast and effective route to work.”

HMP Birmingham is one of the prisons where the Beating Time scheme is running

The charity’s focus is on enabling prisoners who want to work to secure longterm employment and rehabilitation on their release, she said.

“Re-offending is on the increase and is estimated to cost the UK as much as £13 billion a year.

“England and Wales release 90,000 prisoners per year and for those serving sentences under 12 months, 60% will go on to re-offend in the year after release.

“Stable employment reduces the probability of re-offending by up to 50 per cent, but three-quarters of prisoners have no job to go to once they get out.”

The scheme is set to be rolled out to HMP Featherstone and Brinsford Young Offenders Institute in the West Midlands.

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