Effective and well-managed pre-release training is fundamental to any penal system which aims to help prisoners lead a law abiding life after release.
Though delivered by well intentioned and hard working prison staff, current pre-release courses are very thin on the ground, their content often questionable, and they are often under resourced and frequently have not been preceded by an informed needs assessment. It is society as a whole which ultimately pays the price when more crime is committed … and we owe it to potential victims to reduce their numbers in the future.
For the future, UNLOCK is seeking to produce more videos, open Advice Centres in most major cities, and publish a monthly newspaper for prisoners and prisons. Our Annual Conference gives a voice to a variety of agencies and speakers, and is often attended by senior government officials. It is a forum in which you can network to meet the people you need for effective partnerships.