A look at HMP Thameside’s “Reducing Reoffending” magazine for prisoners

There are many different aspects to a prisoner’s life that need to be considered when it comes to helping them in their rehabilitation and reducing the likelihood of them reoffending after finishing their sentence.

The Serco Justice team’s   main ethos in reducing reoffending focusses on three crucial areas; firstly, the prisoner’s support from family, secondly the prisoner holding a job and/or career and lastly, the prisoner having a stable home. Once all three of these crucial areas are met, the likelihood of a prisoner reoffending plummets.

With this approach in mind, Serco managed prisons work constantly with different charities and organisations that help prisoners with establishing these three areas in their life before they finish their sentence.  

At HMP Thameside, a category B remand prison in South East London, managed by Serco, services that support prisoners in education, career, wellbeing and family life are being highlighted and advertised to prisoners in the Reducing Reoffending Magazine.

Reducing Reoffending is a magazine written for prisoners at HMP Thameside and It is edited and published by Thameside’s librarian, Neil Barclay. The magazine provides prisoners with a whole raft of information on the services that they can access to help improve their lives.

One example of the magazine in action, is an article written by an ex service user of the substance addition charity, Turning Point. The ex-service user talk about their experience in an effort to encourage other prisoners who might benefit from Turning Point’s services.  

Another example are the career opportunities that are advertised in the magazine, especially by employers looking to hire ex-offenders. It’s important to know that unlike other prisons that Serco manages, HMP Thameside is a remand prison, meaning that there are very few long term prisoners who are in the establishment. This means that career opportunities such as the one pictured below are catered to prisoners who are close to finishing their sentence with interviews being arranged days after a prisoner is released.

Just like outside of prison, information of services to those who could benefit from it, can fail to reach the right audience. That’s why Reducing Reoffending is an important tool in helping to raise awareness of great services that could help prisoners to flourish in life, both in prison and once they’re out also.