Uniformed Public Services Unit 21 P5 P6 P7 M2 D2

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How offenders can build positive relationships in custody Relationships It is very important for maintaining a positive relationship between prisoners and those they have to have contact with, whether in custody or on release. If a prisoner has been mixing with other criminals whether outside of prison or in prison, and hasn’t got a very good role model in the community they come from, there is a risk that they may return back to prison because they reoffended, when they got released from prison. But if offenders have a positive role model outside of prison, for example family and friends, and inside prison, like the staff, then their chances of reoffending are greatly reduced. Prisoners might have an isolated family and friends and may find it hard to emerge back into society when they have been released. Unfortunately, it is very common for prisoners to have lost everything when they have been released for example their family, friends, job and their housing. Other prisoners may be good role models for prisoners who are finding it hard to fit into the lifestyle of being in prison. There are certain schemes that prisoners can go through to try and fit into the lifestyle of a prisoner, I will be talking about this later in this report. To have a positive relationship with friends and family is extremely important in a custody environment. Prisoners are able to have visits, but visits are supervised by staff and this could be stressful for prisoners and also visitors. Children are allowed to visit, but this could be stressful and scary for the children. There are open days in prison so that the prisoner’s children are able to see their parent. It is very important for a parent to keep in touch with the child whilst in prison, because it may lower the risk of them reoffending, so there are systems that can allow parents to keep in touch with their child whilst
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