Published On: Tue, Oct 7th, 2014 on 2:27 pm

Bradford scheme to help stop ex-prisoners re-offending

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Bradford Council is seeking to help ex-offenders get a fresh start and reduce re-offending rates.

The Council’s Executive is being asked on 16 October to give the go-ahead to the Fresh Start programme, which will work with organisations and focus on helping ex-offenders become employable, reduce the likelihood of homelessness and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

It will also aim to make savings to the public purse because of lower crime levels, a reduction in homelessness, less pressure on the NHS, and reduced crisis intervention by public bodies.

Cllr Val Slater, executive member for housing, planning and transport, said: “People are our most important asset and we need to unlock the potential of each and every one of our residents. This includes people who have offended in the past but need a new start so they won’t re-offend again as this causes long term problems for our community.

“We will work hard with the NHS, Probation, the police, prisons, the voluntary sector and employers to ensure the programme succeeds.”

Prisons in the Yorkshire and Humber region have already been sent information about the project and the council has received positive feedback.

Discussions are also taking place with a leading university to track the effectiveness of the programme and to lobby the government to sustain its outcomes by adopting it as a nationwide model.

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