Why?

Bounce Back began because they believe people deserve a second chance and improving employability is a first step towards reducing re-offending. It helps stop crime, keeps communities safer and reduces the number of victims. There are a number of compelling reasons for their work, including:

  • 90,000 prisoners are released every year
  • Each year over 100,000 people walk through the prison door
  • In August 2015, the prison population was just under 86,000
  • An average annual cost per prison place is £36,237
  • It costs £29,000 per annum to keep someone on benefits
  • Based on the figures above, every person they train and put into employment saves the Government and taxpayer £76,500 per person once they deduct their costs
  • Re-offending by recent ex-prisoners cost the economy between £9.5 billion and £13 billion per annum
  • 6 out of 10 employers automatically exclude those with a criminal record
  • 1 in 10 people in the UK have a criminal conviction for something other than a driving offence
  • During their time at school 7% of children experience their father’s imprisonment.