Why we do it

We believe people deserve a second chance and improving employability is a first step towards reducing re-offending. It helps stop crime, keeps communities safer and reduces the number of victims

There are many compelling reasons for our work:

  • 90,000 prisoners are released every year
  • Each year over 100,000 people walk through the prison door
  • In August 2015 the prison population was just under 86,000
  • An average annual cost per prison place is £36,237
  • It costs £29,000 per annum to keep someone on benefits
  • Based on the figures above, every person we train and put into employment saves the Government and taxpayer £76,500 per person once we deduct our costs
  • Re-offending by recent ex-prisoners cost the economy between £9.5 billion and £13 billion per annum
  • 6 out of 10 employers automatically exclude those with a criminal record
  • 1 in 10 people in the UK have a criminal conviction for something other than a driving offence
  • During their time at school 7% of children experience their father’s imprisonment
  • “Bounce Back is, above all, about its people. What is known is that a job and income on release is fundamental to success in coping with day to day life and preventing re-offending. Our drive to change perception in employers and clients is reaping rewards and our professional team is working around London and the Home Counties.

    The mutual trust and respect at the core of our values reflects the growing belief in giving social enterprises and socially disadvantaged people an opportunity to succeed and thrive. We are just one stage in this development, the determination of our participants to start a new life and move on is a formidable ingredient in the recipe for success."

    Francesca Findlater, Founder/Chairman

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