Research and analysis

Enterprise pilots in prisons: evaluation

An evaluation of pilots that provide support to offenders wanting to start their own business following release from custody.



This is a small, early stage evaluation of the enterprise pilots in prisons.

The pilots ran in 5 prisons from April 2014 to March 2015 and were targeted at offenders who wanted to start their own business. Support started in custody and continued after their release. Offenders received mentoring and access to finance (through the Start Up Loans Company). Their business could not be started and finance was not made available until after their release.