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The JA Mentoring Project
For some years now Justice Action has been exploring the idea of a 'mentoring project'. The idea behind this is that ex-prisoners are probably the best people to offer support and advice to other prisoners, ex-prisoners and people caught up in the justice system.

While some 'programs' offered in jail and on release can be useful many suffer from being delivered by people who have little understanding of the effect of life in jail.

 MENTORING
"Changing the culture of criminal justice.

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For some years now Justice Action has been exploring the idea of a 'mentoring project'.
The idea behind this is that ex-prisoners are probably the best people to offer support and advice to other prisoners, ex-prisoners and people caught up in the justice system. While some 'programs' offered in jail and on release can be useful many suffer from being delivered by people who have little understanding of the effect of life in jail.

They are also delivered in a context where the client has little control or choice other than to cop it sweet or jack up against the system. Mentoring, on the other hand, is about building a relationship of mutual trust, friendship and support within which help, advice and assistance can be offered as part of the process of re-building a life after being labeled a criminal and where many barriers actively prevent return to normal life.

At Breakout/Justice Action we have some years of experience in this field to build on. We already provide advice and support to prisoners in jail. We have had many people working with us on Community Service Orders. We have set up and run half-way houses and we have created long term jobs for some people who have been able to use their experience and knowledge of life after prison to help others.

What we now want to do is to build on this with a more structured project for mentoring. This project will aim to provide practical mentoring for people whose lives have been disrupted by jail and the courts. It will also aim to force the justice system to acknowledge this mentoring as a critical part of the processes of rehabilitation/ reintegration of offenders and as a viable part of our campaign for alternatives to prison.


Report on the Justice Action Mentoring Project
Minutes for the meeting of potential mentors - 29th July 2003

To downlaod the Mentoring Handbook, click here

 

 

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