Support programme cuts re-offending

Comprehensive resettlement packages involving intensive,
individualised support are essential to prevent juveniles
re-offending after they leave custody, according to rehabilitation
agency Nacro.

A report on their On-side resettlement project at Portland Young
Offenders Institution revealed that the reconviction rate among
participants was 58 per cent, compared with the general juvenile
prison reconviction rate of 84 per cent.

This week Nacro rolled the support programme out to 18 to 21 year
olds at the institution, who have similar needs. Juveniles are no
longer placed at Portland.

The project targeted juveniles thought to be extremely vulnerable
on release, many with multiple needs. The scheme would typically
help someone find somewhere to live and to access employment or
education. It would also address financial and health issues and
offer support to those experiencing difficult family relationships.

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