Evaluations Into Our Prisons Work

Evaluation Into Through The Gates

Date: 2009

Evaluated by: Frontier Economics

Methodology: Frontier Economics examined data which had been collected on 583 Through the Gates clients from August 2008 - January 2009. They compared this data against a 2007 sample of the national prison leaver 2 profile whose custodial sentence was longer than one year (Through the Gates clients all served more than one year).

Project overview: Through the Gates is a programme aimed at reducing the rate of re-offending. It provides a range of services including pre-release assessment and, following release, accommodation and help in reintegration and employment search

Key outcomes:

  • Through the Gates re-offending rate is 40% lower than the national re-offending rate
  • £10 in savings to the taxpayer through the reduce costs of reoffending for every £1 invested in the work
  • The estimated potential saving from Through the Gates per ex -offender ranges from £8,616 to £28,722
  • Through the Gates provides an estimated annual saving of between £10.4million and £34.5million.

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Support For Vulnerable Women Leaving Prison – The Wire Service

Date: 2012

Evaluated by: TSIP

Methodology: client reconviction study, client data analysis, interviews with key stakeholders

Project aims: The programme provides constant, flexible emotional support and practical help to the women in their adjustment to life outside of prison. Activities include meeting at the gates at release, help with housing, employment and mental health services access.

Key outcomes:

  • Reconviction rate for women who attended the service was 42% vs the 51% national average.
  • Average number of offences per participant reduced by 50% 12 months after release compared to 12 months before - this is especially impressive as a large percentage (over 50%) of WIRE clients have a conviction history that has more than 10 offences
  • Housing outcomes are thought to be a strength of the WIRE project and it is from this solid foundation that the workers are able to support the women in desisting from crime.

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