25 June 2019
First introduced to HMP Thameside in 2013, we were asked to help reduce the risk posed by gang-involved prisoners. The Catch22 service now operates across four other prisons, with a youth-specific model at HMYOI Feltham. Run by professionals with an extensive knowledge of gang culture, the service encourages people to leave gang lifestyles behind.
Initial engagement with participants identifies issues related to gang involvement, before risk management and support strategies are put in place. Through our tailored intervention programme, R.O.A.D (Rehabilitation Offering Another Direction), we work closely with participants to evaluate their past choices and to develop their communication and coping skills for use while in custody and beyond. Further support identifies educational and employment opportunities for them to pursue on release.
Without addressing gang-affiliation in custody, the cycle between street and prison violence will continue. Our collaborations with community-based organisations mean that our work doesn’t just reduce violence in prisons, but enables a successful reintegration back into the community.
‘I am convinced that the work they have done has prevented serious harm to many prisoners. It is their drive and their understanding of the problem that has made Thameside the safe place that prisoners now consider that it is.’
John Biggin OBE, Ex HMP Thameside Director
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