HMP Doncaster offender rehabilitation
14 February 2013
Catch22 provides support to offenders in HMP and YOI Doncaster from entry to the prison through to release and resettlement into the community.
Support is prioritised according to sentence length, level of risk and complexity of need. Prison-based case managers are allocated to each offender to provide support paying particular attention to the short sentenced offenders for whom there is no Probation or statutory support available upon release.
How we make a difference to reoffending
Our approach in Doncaster is unique because we provide support on the transition from prison to community life in the services user’s home town.
Catch22 case managers work in the community, alongside Integrated Offender Management Teams comprising of Police, Probation and drug and alcohol teams. This relationship is vital for sharing information and offering reactive support when it is most needed.
Case managers provide high intensity support in the first weeks after release. Volunteer mentors are then encouraged to take a lead role in befriending the service user moving them steadily away from involvement from criminal justice services.
As part of the resettlement plan appropriate service users are offered the chance to engage with training, employment and educational opportunities in the community before release. We are already seeing some early successes with this approach.
Providing quality services and interventions appropriate to offenders’ needs is already showing positive results and changes in the repeat patterns of offending.