Hussain, who is training and working as a Peer Advisor, explains it in his own words:

"Coming to prison is a daunting experience but being given the choice of how you spend your time whilst in custody can impact on one’s goals and aspirations upon release."
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Hussain, who is training and working as a Peer Advisor, explains it in his own words:

"Coming to prison is a daunting experience but being given the choice of how you spend your time whilst in custody can impact on one’s goals and aspirations upon release."
Click here to find out more.

Issues We Work With - Criminal Justice

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Prevention, resettlement and reducing re-offending

  • 80% of the 3054 people we supported into housing last year (18/19) were helped through our prisons teams

There are currently around 85,000 people in prison and all but a few will be released one day.  Prisons hold many of the most excluded people in society with multiple and complex needs. By offering advocacy, support and guidance St Giles helps people rebuild their lives - reducing re-offending and preventing future victims of crime.

Today, we work in 35 male and female prisons. Our Peer Advisor Programme was originally created in HMP Wandsworth in 2002 and remains at the core of our custodial work. The majority of Peer Advisors we train each year across St Giles embark on the qualification in prison.

  • Prisoners accounted for 70% of all people who completed our Peer Advisor Programme last year (18/19) 

Without their tireless work helping other prisoners in need, we could not offer our services at such scale nor reach the most excluded prisoners who do not typically engage with services.  The input of the prison Peer Advisors and the staff who work with them has played a vital role in establishing the reputation of our prisons work and enabling us to develop it across the UK.

We also carry out preventative work with those at risk of going prison, addressing underlying issues before they can take hold of an individual’s life and propel them towards a prison sentence and the disadvantages this can bring.

  • 59000 people were sent to prison in 2019 – 69% had committed a non-violent crime and 46% were sentenced to less than six months.
  • Nearly half of adults (48%) are re-convicted within a year of release.
  • One in seven people who left prison in the year to March 2018 were homeless. This increases to more than one in five people serving a prison sentence of less than six months.
  • Only 17% of people are in PAYE employment a year after leaving prison.