One of the biggest problems facing our society today is youth reoffending. For too many young people, prison has become a ‘revolving door.’ Over 50% of young people reoffend within 12 months of leaving prison.*
This is a tragedy on so many levels. The cycle of reoffending robs young people of their potential, inflicts untold damage on our communities, and costs Greater Manchester taxpayers hundreds of millions every year.
The Message Enterprise Centre opened in 2012 with a new approach, providing a holistic solution for men and women leaving prison who are serious about making a new start.
And it’s working. In our first 40 months, fewer than 3% of our Team Members have reoffended. And the vast majority are now in full-time employment, either with us or elsewhere. Young people who were once a massive drain on our society are now an asset.
*The actual reoffending rate is nearer to 80% compared with the MEC figure of 9%, because of a condition in place that states if the date between leaving prison and court conviction exceeds 12 months, the individual is not classed as a re-offender.
The 50% reoffending rate is based on Bromley Briefing Factfile 2015 produced by the Prison Reform Trust - 67% of 10-17 year olds, 60% of 18-20 year olds and 45% of adults reoffend within 12 months of leaving prison.