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How Durham’s Checkpoint scheme is reducing reoffending

Launched in 2015, Durham’s Checkpoint scheme presented an alternative way of looking at out of court disposals and preventing re-offending.  Described as an “adult diversion scheme”, it’s a four-month long offender management programme, which gives those who have committed eligible offences the opportunity to take an alternative to prosecution and… Durham’s Checkpoint scheme has received praise from the government and is beginning to be adopted by other forces. ...

Art in prison: the charity using the arts to improve relationships

The organisation was started in the early 1990s by two women, Antonia Rubinstein and Polly Freeman, who were studying theatre. They began running community workshops and events using various art techniques  They arranged workshops with the former Young Offenders Institute Glen Parva and went on to work in adult prisons… SafeGround is a charity working to help those in prison build and maintain relationships through the use of theatre and art. ...

Prisoners are building eco-homes across the South-West

In a project that was initially funded by Devon and Cornwall’s PCC, Alison Hernandez, prisoners are now building environmentally-friendly eco-pod homes and getting paid to do so. Devon and Cornwall’s OPCC initially provided around £100,000 funding for a pilot of the programme which is now looking at expanding across the… Prisoners are now building eco-homes across the South-West in a bid to boost their skillset at the same time as tackling the housing crisis. ...