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PCC sees rehabilitation in action

Knowsley / December 13

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner today visited a project which shows how offenders can turn their lives around.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner today visited a project which shows how offenders can turn their lives around.

Jane Kennedy visited MALS (Mentor, Achieve, Learn Support) in Prescot which provides ex-offenders with mentoring, support and advice, helping them to turn their back on a life of crime.

The project works in partnership with Knowsley’s Community Safety Partnership’s Integrated Management Offender (IOM) programme in providing mentoring volunteers for newly-released prisoners.

Participants receive emotional support, practical help in areas such as accessing housing and education and opportunities to get back into work to support their integration back into society.

During her visit, the Commissioner met staff from MALS and learnt about their work and how it is brought together with other initiatives to reduce offending and rehabilitation. This includes outreach work in schools and youth clubs aimed at highlighting the impact of guns and knife crime, anti-social behaviour and gangs.

Jane Kennedy said: “By providing integrated support covering all areas of an offenders’ life, projects like this can really help people turn their lives around and bring an to end their criminal activity.

“By providing support, encouragement and assistance to find housing, education and a job this scheme is ensuring offenders are given better choices and a real chance to start again. This will reduce reoffending and make all our communities safer.”

The Commissioner has already provided support for Sefton CVS’s Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project which provides a similar service from HMP Liverpool. The project engages with prisoners currently serving sentences by preparing them for release and provides volunteer mentors in the community, who support offenders and help them to reduce their offending behaviour. Since the project began two years ago, there has already been a significant decrease in the re-offending rates of those involved.