Successful rehabilitation will deliver real benefits to society
The rehabilitation of offenders is a cornerstone of the government’s criminal justice policy. Fewer offenders will commit less crime requiring fewer prisons costing less money. With 60% of short sentenced prisoners re-offending within a year of release there is a real opportunity to revolutionise the rehabilitation of prisoners. The challenge is that reducing re-offending is a long-term commitment requiring time and investment.
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Peterborough Social Impact Bond
Social Finance designed and managed a £5m Social Impact Bond to reduce re-offending among short-sentenced male prisoners leaving Peterborough prison...
£5m FOR PRISONER REHABILITATION IN PETERBOROUGH
Short sentenced prisoners are more likely to reoffend than other groups in the UK. Currently there is no statutory support for them on release. Many prisoners do not have a home, a family or a job to go back to and are often battling mental health and substance misuse problems. Costs to the state are great and the lack of support does not break the cycle of crime.
A consortium of 6 organisations under the auspices of the One* Service offered a tailored service that focused on the immediate needs such as accommodation, medical services, family support, employment and training, benefits and financial advice. This was to provide stability and support for the prisoners. The intervention did not duplicate existing services and worked closely with the prison, public services and local charities. The service closed in 2015.
The programme supported 2000 male prisoners and helped them move away from a life of crime. Our “Through the Gates” model has been adopted by Peterborough prison for their female prisoners and in 2015 the Ministry of Justice implemented a new national programme that provides statutory support to all short-sentenced prisoners in England and Wales. Peterborough was the first Social Impact Bond and led the way for the creation of an international Social Impact Bond market.
Mayor’s Office of Police and Crime to reduce drug-related crime
Social Finance assessed the feasibility of a Social Impact Bond to reduce drug-related crime for the Mayor’s Office of Police and Crime in London..
Drug using offenders are more likely to reoffend
Drug using offenders re-offend on average 57% within one year and commit a high volume of the crime nationwide. Costs to the system are very high and these offences impact greatly on crime victims. Existing services do not sufficiently address the underlying causes of their reoffending
Social Finance analysed drug arrest data to understand how many individuals are tested positive for drugs, how much crime they commit and how they access current services. We spoke to experts in the field to understand which needs were not being met. We modelled a Social Impact Bond to fill the gaps in provision by offering a flexible range of support including housing, peer mentors and individual case-workers
Dedicated support that works with existing services would engage more offenders in drug treatment programmes and would help keep them in treatment. The programme would aim to reduce reoffending among drug using prisoners by a minimum of 10%
Due to high levels of offending, drug-using offenders incur high costs to the police, criminal justice system and other public services, as well as a significant amount of trauma to victims of crime