A recent report conducted by the Justice Data Lab (JDL) and the Ministry of Justice looked at male ex-offenders who had trained for 6 to 18 months at The Clink Restaurants at HMP High Down Surrey, HMP Brixton and HMP Cardiff. These Clink graduates were compared to people that were similar in circumstance, but had not received the same training.
The study showed statistically significant results. It showed that for every 100-people participating in the Clink’s schemes, 17 would go on to reoffend within a year of release, but for every 100 non-participants in a similar group of people, 29 would reoffend within one year of release. This is a 41% reduction in the likelihood of reoffending for those working with The Clink Charity. The data also revealed a 40.9% reduction in the number of proven re-offences.
Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, stated: “The results of the Justice Data Lab report provide statistical verification that the determined work of The Clink Charity is the right course to be followed if we are to continue to reduce reoffending rates in the UK. Although the figures show that we have made a considerable impact on reducing recidivism, as well as the number of offences committed by those who did go on to reoffend, we are confident that the 2017 JDL review of The Clink Charity will show further reductions as we continue to expand The Clink concept across the prison estate, in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS).
“Lack of education and employment, prior to conviction, are key factors in those who commit crimes. The JDL report estimates that of the Clink graduates assessed, ‘68% were unemployed’ and ‘32% had significant problems with problem solving’ which is why The Clink Charity has been built on an educational foundation that is assessed by OFSTED and adheres to the City & Guilds syllabuses. We have a team of support workers that mentor our trainees, prior to and following release, to help in securing accommodation and employment as part of their rehabilitation. With these systems in place, we expect to see our success grow further over the next 12 months.”
The results of this study show that education and training can make a dramatic difference to reoffending rates. Initiatives like the Clink Charity, are so important as they enable ex-offenders to get back on their feet. They give valuable skills and knowledge that make it easier to find employment, and in turn housing and other necessities that are needed to support themselves or their families. Educational schemes have a significant, positive effect that transforms someone’s life for the better and gives them a second chance.