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Tackling Race and Inequality

This page features a number of reports published as part of our Tackling Race and Inequality work, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Find out more about that project here.

Lessons for Resettlement (486kb)
This follow-up study to our Double Trouble report sought to examine in detail the scope for statutory and non-statutory services to support and promote successful resettlement, particularly for BAME offenders. For the study, 15 ex-prisoners were interviewed in depth on two occasions about their backgrounds, history of involvement in the criminal justice system, and the process of resettling after release from prison. Five key themes emerged from the research findings: Practical and emotional needs; Processes of internal change; Barriers to access and engagement of BAME ex-prisoners; Role of BAME-focused organisations and staff; and Giving something back.

Stories of Resettlement (604kb)
This report presents the detailed stories of five men and women who have spent time in prison and are in the process of ‘resettling’ into life outside. The five are from different backgrounds and are at different stages of the resettlement process, but all have stated their clear desire to lead productive lives and to stay away from offending in the future. The five study participants spoke in interview about their experiences, including highly personal and sensitive matters, with a great deal of insight and openness. As a result, the stories presented over the pages of this report vividly and powerfully convey the complexities and challenges of resettlement.

Beyond Prison - a case study (691kb)
Beyond Prison is a case study of Southside Partnership, an organisation that supports people with mental health problems and learning disabilities to achieve more fulfilling and independent lives. The Beyond Prison service, run by Southside Partnership, presented a good opportunity to understand the empathy, trust and understanding that Voluntary Sector agencies bring to their work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) prisoners and ex-offenders.

Family Engagement in the Resettlement Process (1mb)
What do prisoners’ families from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups understand about resettlement? This research seeks to understand resettlement provision for black, Asian and minority ethnic offenders from a family perspective. Imprisonment of a family member is a traumatic experience for the whole family but the process of successful resettlement is even more draining on family resources. This report is based on interviews with families who have highlighted the problems they face in supporting their family member.