Convict mentoring hailed as a success
CRIME is on the rise, while the number of police officers in England and Wales has fallen by more than 20,000 in just eight years.
Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has said on numerous occasions that the lower level of officers jeopardises public safety.
But prisoners are saving Merseyside’s cash-strapped police force hundreds of thousands of pounds, Sefton council says.
Under the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project, serving prisoners act as mentors to men on their induction to prison.
The scheme operates in Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral and St Helens and aims to engage with those in prison and prevent them from reoffending.
Men on the project are supported throughout their time in custody.
This service is further supported by a bank of volunteer mentors who will help and stabilise the offenders on release and help them with their action plans to overcome barriers they are facing and change their offending behaviour.
According to Sefton Council’s website, the project is a success.
Of the 228 offenders who engaged with the project last year, just 34 (15%) re-offended compared with a national average expectation of 60%.
Based on the profile of previous offences committed, the estimated cost per crime committed by offenders undertaking the service is £3,097 – meaning this project saved just under £320,000 in 12 months.