Research and analysis

Investigating the Prisoner Finance Gap across four prisons in the North East (RR715)

The research investigates the nature of the Prisoner Finance Gap as experienced by prisoners and ex-prisoners.

Documents

Investigating the Prisoner Finance Gap across four prisons in the North East (RR 715): report

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Investigating the Prisoner Finance Gap across four prisons in the North East (RR 715): summary

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Detail

By Linda Meadows, Simon Feasey and Dr Hayden Bird with Joanna Davidson, Dr Katherine Wilkinson, Jane Woodford and Laura McCulloch

Within the underpinning context of reducing re-offending of released prisoners, the Prisoner Finance Gap (PFG) has been identified as an issue likely to present a significant barrier to the effective resettlement of offenders. The Hallam Centre for Community Justice was therefore commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions to conduct a qualitative investigation into the PFG within four prisons in the North East.

The research investigates the nature of the PFG as experienced by prisoners and ex-prisoners, the systems in place to address their financial exclusion and the extent to which pre-release inputs impacted on financial inclusion following release. It identifies obstacles and barriers to the take-up of inputs and examines the nature and effectiveness of strategic and operational relationships. It concludes with a series of recommendations aimed to address the issues raised.