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User Voice’s Council Model: Only offenders can stop re-offending


The UK charity User Voice works on the principle of co-production: it is led and run by people who have experienced the same problems it is seeking to solve - ex-offenders aiming to reduce offending. Author of Wasted and Guardian columnist, Mark Johnson’s experiences in prison, and later as an employer of ex-offenders and advisor to the government and voluntary sector, left him convinced of the need to create a model of engagement that is fair and incentive-led. And as a pilot project with Prison Councils on the Isle of Wight shows, prisoners are more willing to change behaviour when they are given responsibility and listened to…

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Frankie Hine-Hughes, project manager of Governance International, compiled this case study on 9 August 2011.

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