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Service to increase rehabilitation support to short-term prisoners

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC), part of the Seetec Group, has launched their new enhanced Through the Gate (TTG) service to nine prisons across Kent, Surrey and Sussex this week, to give offenders additional rehabilitation support to reduce their likelihood of reoffending.

The service has employed 20 additional staff to provide offenders with support to find a place to live, get a job, manage their finances, address any health or addiction issues and learn new skills. Each offender will get a plan to support them when they leave prison to continue to address the issues that can lead to their offending.

The service is provided to short-term prisoners, who often have the highest rates of reoffending.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has contracted Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company to deliver services to short-term prisoners since May 2015. Last year, they committed a further £22 million of funding so all probation services can provide additional rehabilitation support.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company’s Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Lee Whitmore, said: “Our service will benefit local communities by giving individuals additional support they need to resettle back into the community, so they can avoid reoffending and a return to prison.”