‘We need a reform of the prison system’ — the Manchester charity supporting ex-prisoners — The Meteor

Breaking the vicious cycle of reoffending

Manchester is infamous for struggling with high rates of homelessness, with the grim statistic of one in every 81 people in the city being homeless. And when ex-prisoners without stable accommodation are approximately 50 per cent more likely to break the law again, as found in the HM Prison and Probation Service Greater Manchester report, providing people with access to safe accommodation is a necessary step in breaking the cycle of reoffending.

‘I’ve seen too many fall straight out of the gate’

George is one of On The Out’s incredible staff who’s been heavily involved with the CAS accommodation scheme. After growing up surrounded by a life of crime, he has channelled his experiences into helping people who have gone through similar hardships get back on their feet. He told the Meteor:

‘No help in prison whatsoever’

Given England and Wales have some of the highest imprisonment rates in western Europe, On The Out recognises the need for better and quicker access to resources to prevent ex-prisoners from repeating the same mistakes.

‘Prison can re-traumatise people’

In 2019, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) released a report stating the UK prison system was “overcrowded” and in a “deep crisis”. Levels of violence had increased and people suffering from severe mental health disorders were not being treated in an appropriate hospital environment.

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Multimedia Journalism Graduate. Lancashire Telegraph reporter. Freelance film critic.

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Alexandria Slater

Alexandria Slater

Multimedia Journalism Graduate. Lancashire Telegraph reporter. Freelance film critic.