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Rehabilitation of Prisoners Will Work but Train Them First

Updated on October 18, 2012

Let Me Out But Train Me First

Training Makes The Difference

In the UK we are all acutely aware of the discussion going on about prison sentences and what should be done with offenders.

Currently we have some 80,000 prisoners and each costs some £40,000 per annum to keep incarcerated and the re-offending level is around the 55% depending on whose figures you use.

The re-offending rate has risen as the prison population has risen and there are many statistics out there to show that and depending on which newspaper report you wish to use plus Google has it all available online.

My contention is that there are 4 categories of people in prison who each have differing aspirations or should be dealt with differently when it comes to a Rehabilitation Training Programme.

1) There are those who can be rehabilitated and trained as they want to make the effort.

2) There are those that should be rehabilitated and trained but need help and encouragement.

3) There are those who cannot be rehabilitated and trained as they won't make the effort.

4) There are those who should not be rehabilitated and trained as their crimes are too heinous to even contemplate this as they do not deserve any form of redemption,

So out of the c80,000 prisoners costing £40,000 approx. per year per prisoner it may well be possible to cut that in half by giving those in the first 2 categories above the right training in literacy, numeracy and skills training, and this would also mean the re-offending rate would be cut dramatically.

The saving to society could be as high as £1.6 billion and more importantly once rehabilitated when trained these ex prisoners would then contribute to society with skills and taxes and the will to re-establish themselves in society with positive contributions.

All in all it would be a win win situation and society, in the way of business, would have to be amenable to accepting ex prisoners as employees although many could set themselves up in business with their new found skills.

Putting the above game plan into action will take time and the will to do so but it will make a huge difference.


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    • alanlsg profile imageAUTHOR

      Alan Bowman 

      9 years ago from The World

      Hi Jamie

      Thanks for your comment and for sure it is hard but it is worthwhile when someone given a second chance really does rehabilitate.

      Kind regards


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      9 years ago

      Having worked in this area I know how hard it is to get the right rehabilitation programmes in place so good luck with you efforts.

      Kind regards


    • alanlsg profile imageAUTHOR

      Alan Bowman 

      10 years ago from The World

      Thanks Moiragallaga for your comment.

      That is exactly what should be done all over the world and retraining and resources spent on that as my other Hub Training Changes Lives is all about has to be the way forward.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      10 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Very interesting and you raise several good points. The 4 types of prisoners you described is a good framework to guide policy formulation and the utilization of resources. Invest in those that can be "saved" or rehabilitated and protect society from those who have no wish to be rehabilitated and those who have exhibited no sense of humanity at all. Really good hub!

    • Tankadin profile image


      10 years ago

      You have a great idea and it should at least be tested out. I'm willing the to bet the results would be impressive.

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      The Frog Prince 

      10 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Fantastic writing with the flow on the go.

      Keep em coming.

      The Frog

    • mquee profile image


      10 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Very good and educating hub. I like the 4 types that you described regarding the incarcerated. I agree with Mr. Goodson, we have the same problem and no one is addressing it.

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      phillip goodson 

      10 years ago

      alanisg, what a great hub, we have the same problem in America, but much bigger and no one is talking about it! We have 7 1/2 times the global average of percentage of population in prison. We also offer zero rehabilitation.


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