Outside Chance

'A Career In Crime?'

An intervention project for young male offenders [15-21 year olds] aimed at dissuading them from reoffending following their release from detention. The project operates in HM YOI Huntercombe, a male juvenile facility near Henley On Thames, Oxon.

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
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  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

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Our Powerpoint workshops target young, ideally first time detainees who are approaching release. The workshop takes them through how they came into crime in the first place, how easily they will be caught should they reoffend on release, the impact of their behaviour on their families, partners and, in time, their children but most importantly, their future. Breaking the cyle of prison > release > reoffending > prison. How much have they really made from crime compared to the time they have spent in prison? The consequences of continuing in a life path which will only see them serving longer and longer sentences, often for relatively petty crimes. We close with demonstrations of anticrime technology, 'SmartWater', covert cameras, etc. We have hugely supportive third party feedback from both prison staff and inmates who have attended our workshops since 1999. Our outputs are were independently evaluated by Research Development Statistics, a division of The Home Office who found that rates of reoffendng in ex-offenders who had undertaken our programme reduced from the national average of 76% down to 62%, a 14% reduction. The Home Office's own target is to reduce reoffending by 5% in this specific age group.

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