Reducing re-offending – a case study

Conrad (not his real name) was first in touch with CCN in 2018, as he approached another release from prison, with fear and uncertainty.  He had a long history of involvement with the Criminal Justice services, with persistent anti-social behaviour offenses throughout his teenage and adult life.  CCN mentors maintained contact with Conrad throughout a troubled period which included heavy drinking and repeat offenses.  The outside world was a frightening and confusing place for Conrad who had not received good parenting or guidance and was disturbed by traumatic memories of childhood abuse, that significantly impacted his mental health.  On more than one occasion Conrad deliberately re-offended with the goal of returning to prison, as he was homeless and frightened in the wider community.  A CCN mentor was able to connect consistently with Conrad, whether he was in custody or out of prison, beginning the slow process of building enough trust to be able to challenge Conrad’s anti-social behaviour and support him to stay sober long enough to access help for his underlying anxiety and depression.   Conrad still finds being in the community challenging, but he is living in supported hostel accommodation, meeting regularly with his mentor, who has supported him to engage with mental health services, and he is nine months sober.  He has not committed any further offenses since being released from prison at the end of October 2019.

– Posted July 2020

Achieving and maintaining goals – a case study

Karl (not his real name), heard about CCN whilst in HMP Norwich, when by chance, he was sharing a cell with another prisoner who had requested a visit from the CCN Project Leader.  Karl was back in prison after breaching the terms of his license for drug related offenses.  CCN mentors met Karl at the gate on the day of his release and spent the day supporting him to access housing and probation services.  Karl was approaching middle age and repeatedly stated that he did not want to return to prison, that he knew his offending was directly related to his drug use, and that he wanted to make a new life for himself.  CCN supported Karl over the next few weeks to access drug treatment services and understand the importance of maintaining abstinence from substances to achieve his goal of not returning to prison, even whilst living in temporary accommodation where others were using drugs around him, investing time to talk him through cravings and re-visit the reasons for his desire to change.  With help from CCN Karl was able successfully to apply for stable, supported accommodation in an abstinence-based home and he felt much safer moving into a drug free environment.   Karl has participated in positive activities including gardening and odd jobs, both in the community and at his accommodation, he is rebuilding his relationship with his children and his parents and continues to maintain abstinence from all illegal drugs.  He has taken part in research into the effectiveness of Community Chaplaincy, sharing his experience to help researchers from the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge understand the support needs of prisoners.

– Posted July 2020