Finding new ways to rehabilitate offenders

Purple Futures, the Interserve-led partnership which provides probation and rehabilitation services, has consistently demonstrated its commitment to working for and with the communities in which it operates, since it started providing services in February 2015.

As part of its seven-year contract with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to provide probation and rehabilitation services for low and medium-risk offenders across five areas of the UK, Purple Futures introduced ‘through-the-gate’ services to help offenders reintegrate into society.

Working with a range of experienced organisations with established expertise within the justice sector, including Shelter, Catch 22 and St Giles Trust, Purple Futures helps offenders to reintegrate into society, providing specialist support for those dealing with issues such as substance abuse, homelessness and debt management. Purple Futures also provides education and employability services from the final weeks in prison through to release and resettlement into the community.

Working with the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan over the next three years, Purple Futures will review existing research evidence from the UK and around the world to identify promising new approaches. The Policy Evaluation and Research Unit will support the development of innovative approaches to offender rehabilitation by helping Purple Futures translate research and theory into practice and will work with staff across the business to ensure that evidence is translated into delivery.

Since Purple Futures mobilised the contracts last year, its 2,000 probation staff have managed services for some 40,000 low-to-medium risk offenders in Cheshire and Greater Manchester; Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire; Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

Yvonne Thomas, Managing Director for Justice at Interserve said: “We are committed to reducing re-offending and helping offenders change their lives for the better. The ‘through-the-gate’ services we and our voluntary sector providers deliver have been a success but there is always more to do. Our pioneering work with Manchester Metropolitan University will help us to develop the services ‘in life’ and to stay at the forefront of new approaches to rehabilitation.”

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