LandWorks is a supported route back into employment and the community for those in prison or at risk of going to prison.
It costs £35,182 to keep one man in prison for a year
Reoffending costs the economy an estimated £13 billion each year
46% of prisoners reoffend within one year of release.
The comparable reoffending rate for LandWorks trainees is 4%
47% of prisoners have no qualifications on release
Just 26% have a job when they leave prison
82% have the writing skills of below an 11-year-old child
Over 70% suffer from more than two mental disorders
1. When did LandWorks start?
LandWorks began on 22nd July 2013.
2. How old do trainees have to be to get involved with LandWorks?
Currently, the programme is for those aged 18 and over. However, we are investigating whether in the future, it might be beneficial to also involve those who are 16 and 17.
3. Is LandWorks exclusively for men?
No, although we expect the majority to be men given the relative numbers in the criminal justice system and the fact that there are three prisons in Devon, all of which only provide places for men.
4. Why is LandWorks focusing on providing training and support for those who have committed crimes when there are other people who haven’t committed crimes who would benefit from training and employment opportunities?
Schemes like this are in everyone’s interest. We need effective schemes to help rehabilitate offenders and ensure their successful resettlement from custody – they help to reduce crime and create safer communities for all. There are currently no specific projects that aim to do this in our rural community. This is not about rewarding anyone but about addressing a significant gap in our communities.