We are pleased our work supporting prisoners “through the gate” at HMP Standford Hill has helped with maintaining its high standards since the last inspection in 2015.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) published their report on Tuesday 4 February 2020, concluding that the open prison, located on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, “was doing well in fulfilling its purpose as a resettlement prison”.
Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) works within Standford Hill, delivering Through the Gate services to help prisoners prepare for their resettlement back into the community. Our employees support them to find a place to live, get a job, manage their finances, address any health or addiction issues and learn new skills. Each prisoner gets a personalised plan to support them when they leave prison.
The Inspectorate praised KSS CRC for their work with prisoners in Standford Hill. The report said:
“The community rehabilitation company (CRC) helped prisoners plan for their release, and the quality of their work was good. We were impressed to find that 96% of prisoners discharged in the previous six months went into settled and sustainable accommodation.”
“The CRC identified all prisoners 12 weeks before release and successful resettlement planning was evident in most of the cases that we examined. We welcomed the additional resources and support that the pathways enhanced resettlement service offered to prisoners with personality difficulties.”
“A good range of support was available to help prisoners manage their finances, benefits and debts. The enhanced through-the-gate service delivered by the CRC offered modules on managing finances and debt.”
“Prisoners received good support in opening bank accounts and over the previous six months, the CRC had helped 24 prisoners to open one.”
“The CRC was well resourced and, supported by two peer workers, provided a good service and generally met prisoners’ needs.”
Suki Binning, Chief Executive for KSS CRC, said: “This report shows that our Through the Gate team in Standford Hill are committed to supporting prisoners in preparation for their resettlement back into the community.
“Their efforts are leading to positive results, helping the people we support to turn away from crime, making a difference to their lives and the communities we serve.”
KSS CRC delivers an enhanced Through the Gate service to nine prisons across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. This service provides prisoners with additional rehabilitation support to reduce their likelihood of reoffending. For more information about our rehabilitative services, contact us.