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Feature Skills & Training
by WENDY KINNARD
FORMER MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
The States of Jersey
What role does La Moye Prison have
in developing skills to help with rehabilitation?
Prison - Developing Prospective Employees
M
odern day prisons substantial increase in the identify the risk a prisoner problems of alcohol and drug
need to be about prison budget to employ poses, their individual misuse. Some courses
more than education professionals, skills requirements if they are to be develop problem-solving
punishment and deprivation tutors and counsellors to turned away from crime, and skills, assertiveness, critical
of liberty. If we are to reduce deliver a wide range of providing interventions to reasoning and work on
levels of recidivism and make courses and programmes meet those needs, thus controlling emotions.
our community safer we have designed to prevent that reducing the risk of re-
to help prisoners to lead law- “revolving door” syndrome. offending. Once assessments Learning and skills,
abiding and useful lives in are completed, the decision particularly when linked to
custody and on release. Today, constructive use is is made regarding the best stable employment, have
Recent statistics showed that made of a prisoner’s time in treatment option for each been identified as key
50% of adults and 70% of custody by addressing the individual prisoner. contributory factors in the
young offenders will be factors that have contributed reduction of re-offending. Any
reconvicted within 12 to their offending and Wherever possible, effort to skill prisoners and
months. Without professional providing opportunities to programmes are delivered add to the potential labour
assistance and services develop knowledge and through group-work. This has force can be justified on
related to their offending skills. A sentence plan is been found to be an effective economic and social
there would be little hope of made for each prisoner. The way to learn to work with grounds, with obvious
improvement. The inspection assessment process is key to others in a supportive potential benefits for an
in 2005 by Her Majesty’s ensure that resources are manner and to see teachers individual, a family and the
Inspector of Prisons appropriately targeted and and tutors as positive role community. The current
highlighted the lack of provide the best outcomes. models. Programmes can be provision at HMP La Moye
education and training tailored to meet the needs of gives prisoners the
opportunities for prisoners at An important role for the specific groups of offenders – opportunity to improve their
La Moye. Since then, there Forensic Psychology for example those who have basic skills and gain
have been huge Department at the prison is committed acts of violence – qualifications in literacy,
improvements thanks to a conducting assessments to or aimed at addressing numeracy and IT. Prisoners

The inspection in
2005 by Her Majesty’s
Inspector of Prisons
highlighted the lack of
education and training
opportunities for
prisoners at La Moye.

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