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01 June 2015

Prisoner Rehabilitation and Resettlement


Prisoner rehabilitation and resettlement

Between 2000 and 2010, the population of Muslims in UK prisons has increased a staggering 143%. Despite constituting 4.8% of the UK population in 2011, according to analysis by the Ministry of Justice in 2013, 14.4% of the total prison population identify themselves as Muslim. These figures show a disproportionate representation of Muslims in prisons in relation to other communities.

The community is often found in denial of the problem with the high number of prisoners, and the stigma associated with being a prisoner and an ex-offender prevents the community from confronting these concerns. Local organisations鈥 inexperience and inability to address the concerns, family isolation and community exclusion can mean once released, the ease in socialising again with their previous criminal associates all affect the ex-offenders chance of reoffending.

SM重口 has built partnerships with a number of male and female prison and probation services, youth groups and community organisations across the country to address the concerns of the Muslim prisoners. We are engaging with key community groups, businesses, individuals and faith institutions to build their capacity to participate in the rehabilitation process. We train mentors from within the same communities as the prisoners as they have a better understanding of specific cultural concerns. These mentors provide one to one support and provide a befriending service whilst the prisoners serve their sentences. Upon release, our mentors work with them on an individual basis to help with housing, finding employment and reintegrate into society.

Case Study:

Aisha* was pregnant when she was serving a prison sentence. Faced with the prospect of her child being born in prison, Aisha was concerned with the stigma attached to her child鈥檚 status as a 鈥榩rison baby鈥. She didn鈥檛 want her child to pay the price for her mistakes, and to be ridiculed when she was older. Aisha sought the help of SM重口 and a community organisation to campaign on her behalf for her child to be born in a hospital and to be placed in her mother鈥檚 care. SM重口 and the organisation were successful in petitioning the relevant authorities, and Aisha gave birth to a healthy boy at a hospital. Aisha has now been released and is reunited with her child, and continues to receive rehabilitative support from the local organisation and SM重口 who have successfully helped her gain employment.

聽*Name changed to protect the ex-offender's identity


Established in 1993, SM重口 is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.