44% of those released from prison are reconvicted within a year; many are back inside within a few weeks. The average prison place costs £35,000 per year and the impact on the UK economy is estimated to be up to £13 billion per year. That is before you consider the human cost.
One in six of the general population are aged 18-30 but they make up over a third of those in prison and half of probation’s caseload. Reoffending rates among younger prisoners are often much higher than average.
Switchback’s established model has a significant impact on our Trainees and thereby everyone connected with them. The reoffending rate for Switchback Trainees currently stands at 9%. This is a fifth of the expected rate for prison leavers (44%). More than 80% of those that successfully move on from Switchback have secured a permanent job. We recognise that this may not be enough on its own to sustain a lasting change so many continue to access our support.