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What happens to prisoners when they are released, have nowhere to go but want to be close to their children to start rebuilding their lives?

To whom it may concern, Two years ago my husband was sentenced to prison for fraud and he is due for release in early September 2018. We have two children and are now divorced. A POCA hearing and subsequent confiscation has taken everything he owned so he has nothing. He has been working for the last few months while in prison to save up a deposit in the hope he can rent somewhere when he is released. However this is proving to be impossible. We, his family are in Oxford and despite his request to be sent to Springhill near his children he was sent to a prison in Gloucestershire. Apparently as he wants to find accommodation in Oxford where he has lived all his life and has family, there is little help where he is as their targets are for people wanting to be rehomed in Gloucester. He has had an appointment with his probation officer this week (his last before release). He has also had appointments with a housing officer in Oxford and Catch 22 but it seems that there is absolutely no help for him on his release for housing. His probation officer has said as he is not a danger to anyone or deemed vulnerable there is no help and she suggested if he gets really stuck she can get him a tent! How can this be? Yes he has made a mistake which has resulted in him serving a prison sentence (incidentally this was due to a gambling addiction which probation have yet to address and help him with rehabilitation) but prior to this... read more

A Point of View – Luke’s short film!

Luke, alongside his volunteer mentor Jess decided that he would like to make a film which he titled “A Point of View”. The film is about what is it like to have a parent in prison from Luke’s... read more

Interview with Prison Governor

One of the young people we support had the opportunity to interview Ralph Lubkowski, Deputy Governor at HMP Leicester. The discussed family visits, family friendly prisons and the role of the prison system, really interesting to watch, looking forward to sharing the full interview... read more