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Displaying items by tag: release from prison

Caring for Ex-Offenders (CFEO) is an organisation geared towards easing the transition from prison life into the community for those who serving custodial sentences. This is achieved primarily through co-ordinating a link between the individual coming out of prison, and their local church, which aims to better assist successful resettlement. CFEO train a team in a church near to where the individual is due to be relocated, who will mentor and support them at various stages. A relationship between the mentor and the individual is established whilst the individual is still inside prison, with the mentor then meeting them at the gate upon release and accompanying them to initial appointments and assist them in obtain basic needs, such as housing, employment, education, recovery from addictions, financial advice and relationships. With the prospect of reintegration into the community a daunting challenge for someone upon release from prison, the friendship, advice and support offered by a CFEO team makes the chances of successful transition much higher, and, in turn, reduces the likelihood of reoffending.

If you would like to find out more about Caring for Ex-Offenders then please visit www.caringforexoffenders.org/

Published in Relationships Practice

RECOOP

(25/06/12)

RECOOP promotes the care, resettlement and rehabilitation of older prisoners, and those who have been sanctioned by the criminal justice system, in particular people over the age of 50. RECOOP works through the provision of support services, advocacy, financial advice and mentoring on issues such as employment and training, and also offer advice on housing and health. The aim is to enable older prisoners on release to take control of their lives and remain free from future involvement in the justice system, and prevent them from becoming socially excluded.

There are specific needs for the older group of prisoners, for example:

  • Those retired in prison often have no educational or leisure opportunities and remain locked in their cells for long periods of time
  • Many older prisoners have lost contact with friends and family, and often do not have a home to return to on release from prison
  • RECOOP supports and advises older people on release from prison to improve opportunities for resettlement and rehabilitation and raises awareness of the needs of older prisoners at regional and national level.

    Published in Relationships Practice

    Bounce Back

    (01/06/12)

    Bounce Back acts as a 'bridge' between prison and full time employment. Bounce Back is a painting and decorating social enterprise focussed on helping ex offenders have a practical skill to use on their release from custody. Working in several prisons, it offers training, work experience and employment to offenders at the end of their sentences using the skills developed both in custody and on release.

    On release the candidates are inducted at the Bounce Back centre where they complete training, gain further qualifications up to and beyond NVQ Level 2 or upskill in new trades. A number of paint and wallpaper companies invite the team to learn about their products and methods as part of the training, so they are equipped to handle a variety of work.

    Once training is complete the team work on voluntary painting and decorating projects in the local community. This gives them a brief period of work experience prior to paid employment that allows them to develop and apply the skills learned during training. Candidates can then move into paid employment in response to a number of jobs currently available.

    Study carried out ‘to gain an in-depth understanding of the attitudes and expectations of prisoners immediately prior to and following their release from prison. It also aimed to gain an understanding of their views on the impact of support services on the decisions they made and experiences following release.’ The research covers housing, employment, finances and substance misuse issues.

    Published in Housing Policy