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Channel 4 show shines light on rehabilitation project

A novel carpentry project in Durham is set to showcase some of the work being done to rehabilitate prisoners and help to reduce reoffending.

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A novel carpentry project in Durham is set to showcase some of the work being done to rehabilitate prisoners and help to reduce reoffending.

Through ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ the Government is encouraging private and voluntary sector organisations to work together with the public sector to give prisoners the skills they need to get a job and turn away from crime.

A number of courses are already run inside prisons across the country to help develop offenders, and a scheme that helps ex-offenders after they have been released is set to feature in Channel 4’s The Secret Millions on Sunday night.

In the documentary, victim-of-crime Katie Piper visits the Acumen Trust workshop as she witnesses first-hand a carpentry course in HMP Durham, as well as a scheme to get ex-offenders to manufacture and market high-end furniture after they are released.

The project was set up to expand the Trust’s prison carpentry workshop and help ex-offenders after they are released, in order to develop their skills and give them work that can help to prevent them from reoffending.

As part of this programme, Katie visits the Durham scheme as she uses her experiences as a victim to help those trying to make the best of their lives after their sentences.

The Secret Millions will be screened on Channel 4 at 8pm, and 4oD shortly afterwards.

Published 12 April 2013