Rehabilitation

New Figures Reveal Damaging Impacts of Drastic Cuts on Prisons

Juliet Lyon | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

Rocketing prison numbers, a shocking surge in assaults and deaths by suicide in custody, fewer staff, less constructive activity and unacceptably high reconviction rates are the flashing warning lights that Ministers must heed.

Bureaucratic Consequences: Chris Grayling's Book Ban and the Failings of Policy

Rosie Olliver | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rosie Olliver

Chris Grayling doesn't know what's going on. Some might argue that this is true generally, but I'm talking about the "book ban". He didn't mean for it to happen, he didn't intend to deprive prisoners, and he doesn't have a good answer to the criticism that's being levelled at him. And the fuss is part of a wider and even more concerning issue.

Why Kick It Out Is My Valentine

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

In the year or so that I've been an Ambassador for Kick it Out I've seen them reach out to people of all ages, from incredibly challenging socio-economic backgrounds. I've seen them give hope.

10 Things Society Must Realise in Order to End the Drug War

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

As a society we need a serious paradigm shift regarding how much we allow the government to interfere with our free choices as citizens. The vast majority of people using illegal drugs in the UK are not addicts, but are perfectly functional members of society who enjoy drugs recreationally...

Time to Close the Digital Divide Between Prisons and Communities

Rod Clark | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

The very existence and popularity of this blog is testament to the increasingly digital world we live in where the majority of us consume information and manage our lives on the internet. So what must it be like for people who can't get online or even on to a computer?

No More Revolving Door?

Vicki Helyar-Cardwell | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Politics
Vicki Helyar-Cardwell

The government is poised to embark on a sweeping set of reforms that will change the criminal justice landscape for the significant future..

World Drug Day Blog: Treating the Addiction Not the Drug

Mandy Saligari | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Saligari

The mistake we all make when treating addiction is to fire fight and call that treatment. Rehabs and addiction programmes tend to treat the manifestation of the addiction, not the condition itself and so of course people relapse.

Building on the One Fund: Victim Centered Restorative Justice for Survivors of Violent Crime

Noam Schimmel | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

In an outpouring of support, millions of dollars have been raised to help support victims of the Boston marathon attacks and their families. To date, more than 32 million dollars have been raised from individuals, foundations, and corporations by The One Fund.

Why Lindsay Lohan Will Never Escape From Rehab

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

When Lindsay Lohan entered the Betty Ford Center, as part of a court ordered rehabilitation programme, it was her second time as a visitor, and her si...

Reducing Britain's Re-Offending Rate Needs Victim Focus

Javed Khan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

It's no secret that the re-offending rate in this country remains far too high and that the public find it alarming. What's less publicised is what victims think about all this. Time and again victims tell me that, yes they want those who committed a crime to be punished, but also they want them to be rehabilitated.

Why There's No Such Thing as Relapse

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Everyday I speak to someone who feels hopelessly addicted - whether they are drunk or sober - and every time the word they use is the same: relapse. The fear of slipping backwards. Returning to where they started. And it can't happen. It's not real.

Thank You Ban Ki-Moon

Danny McCubbin | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I have just finished reading Ban Ki-moon's address to the residents of San Patrignano. On Wednesday the Secretary - General of the United Nations visited the drug rehabilitation community in Italy and in his address he mentions two residents that I am proud to call my friends - Mike and Damir.

Rehab After a Road Crash Shouldn't Be a Postcode Lottery

Kim Bowler | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Bowler

I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world. I was rescued by the amazing, highly qualified London Air Ambulance Service, who arrived on the scene within just seven minutes. And, it's thanks to them that I'm still alive.

Youth Offending: The Case for a New Approach

Seb McCarthy | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Seb McCarthy

The 'future generation' that we all hear so much about from our politicians is forecasted to be a criminal one, with arguably the most worrying figure released last year from the Ministry of Justice telling us that young people between the ages 10-17 accounted for almost 18% of arrests made.

International Money and Torture in the Name of Drug Treatment

Damon Barrett | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK
Damon Barrett

Torture and ill-treatment in the war on drugs is... often invisible, hidden behind a narrative of existential threat, and behind the systematic dehumanisation and marginalisation of people who are drug dependent.

Transforming Rehabilitation Will Take More Than Mentors

Joe Cottrell-Boyce | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Cottrell-Boyce

The revolving door of recidivism, which sees almost half of those released from prison reoffending within 12 months, is an expense society can little afford and any attempt to address the crisis should be welcomed.

The Case Against Private Prisons

Joe Cottrell-Boyce | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Cottrell-Boyce

There is... no solid evidence that private prisons are better than their public sector counterparts. Audits have however found that inexperienced staff and cost cutting measures have left many private prisons struggling to create a safe environment for prisoners.

Alcoholism Is Not a P*ssing Contest

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't frighten easily. I lived in a constant state of fear for so many years that it takes a lot to reignite it and take me to that dark place now. But when I see people using end-stage alcoholics to measure their own drinking against? It frightens me. When I see the media latch onto one person, the exception to the rule that has been able to subject their body to horrendous amounts of alcohol abuse and still just about function? It frightens me. Alcoholism is not a p*ssing contest. There is no glory to be had in being further up the sliding scale than these individuals.

Our Justice System Should Be Smarter and Smaller - Not Privatised

Frances Crook | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Politics
Frances Crook

If you have the impression of a Justice Department fumbling in the dark for new eye-catching schemes to showcase in the run-up to the election, you would probably be right.

Justice Reinvestment - Adding Up the Benefits

Vicki Helyar-Cardwell | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics
Vicki Helyar-Cardwell

In the flurry of activity around the Justice Secretary's announcements on rehabilitation and the speedy roll out of payment-by-results in justice, some other potentially more interesting financing schemes are being overlooked despite very promising results.

Basically, Never Do Methamphetamines

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

The drastic physical effects of methamphetamines are laid bare in this gallery of users pictured as their addictions took hold. The images feature...

Who Can Help in the 'Rehabilitation Revolution'?

James Timpson | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
James Timpson

A commitment to allow prisoners to re-enter society, as opposed to just letting them rot, has real potential to improve the outcome of our justice system for everyone. So go for it Chris, go for it MoJ, go for it prison bosses, and as citizens we need to play our part in supporting this agenda.

William To Meet Ex-Offenders

PA | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK

The Duke of Cambridge is to meet ex-offenders at a charity dinner on Wednesday. Prince William will meet beneficiaries of the work of the St Giles ...

A Lasting Relationship With a Special Community in Italy

Scott Forbes | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Forbes

We got talking about a community that Danny had just visited in Italy called San Patrignano. It is arguably the world's best drug rehabilitation centre for young people, with a huge success rate of 72%.

The Widows of Kandhamal

David Griffiths | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK
David Griffiths

Asmita's husband Rajesh was buried alive in a muddy riverbank in the remote Kandhamal district of India's Odisha (Orissa) state, just over four years ago. He is not enumerated in the official death toll of the anti-Christian pogrom which began in August 2008, because police did not find his body. In fact, they did not look for it