Why is our work needed?

61% of people released from prison in the UK are re-convicted within one year of release.

Research has found that prisoners who do not take part in education are three times more likely to re-offend.

The first year cost of sending someone back to prison, including court and police costs, is £65,000. Subsequent years in prison cost £38,000 per year.

The prison population in England and Wales has doubled in the last twenty years.

In addition, there is the personal cost of re-offending to victims, the victims’ families, the wider community and to ex-prisoners and their families.

The above statistics were taken from the 2010 Bromley Briefing of the Prison Reform Trust. Click here to download the factfile from the Prison Reform Trust website.