MegaNexus was delighted to be a sponsor of the Modernising Justice Conference, this year held in the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster this year.
At the event, we presented the roadmap for the new Virtual Campus, the rehabilitation and Through-the-Gate system used in almost every prison in England & Wales. We also explained some of the recent research and development that has gone into re-imagining just how rehabilitation can be achieved across the custodial and probation estates.
For those that missed it, the presentation is below.
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Presentation: Digital Inclusion to Reduce Reoffending
Mark Davison, Sales & Marketing Director
Nnamdi Efobi, Account Executive
MegaNexus has spent a significant amount of time performing a detailed examination of the prison story and opportunities for rehabilitation throughout the sector.
We were excited to be present at the the announcement by David Gauke on the new strategy supporting prisoners and ex-offenders into work, a presentation that reinforced our understanding of the gap between prisons and probation for the ex-offender.
Our aim is to bridge that gap.
The numbers are stark. The cost of reoffending to the UK taxpayer is £15 billion per annum, from a prison population of 85,000 and 260,000 people on probation. Six out of ten ex-offenders fail to rehabilitate if they are incarcerated for one year or less. This number drops to three out of ten if in prison for more than one year.
There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of support organisations with great people, all doing phenomenal work. Why then, do the trends remain?
Much of the work being done to address reoffending is done in isolation. It is a recurring theme where this enormous figure is nobody’s budget.
Part of it is paid by the Home Office from policing and immigration services. Part of it comes through local councils; through the NHS; or insurance companies. And then there are the victims of crime.
It is a disaggregated budget, and a political matter. Ultimately, it is the taxpayer that ends up footing the bill. It’s nobody’s budget, but it’s everyone’s pocket.
The Government’s recent strategy, Unlocking Opportunity, is compelling in its emphasis on offenders as a group of people with great skills who are dedicated and loyal.
“Rehabilitation is not just about getting a job. You’ve got to build their self-belief and self-confidence, because once they are released it’s entirely up to them.”
This message – that in order for rehabilitation to work we need to be empowering the individual to succeed shows that empowerment needs to start right at the beginning of the journey: from prison entry right through to passing through-the-gate into probation, and beyond.
Prison exists for a reason. It does, however, condition people to ask for permission. To comply rather than innovate.
Most people go to work knowing that we have to think our way around everyday problems. For the majority of ex-offenders, this is not a natural action. Prisoners are used to asking permission, and to having their lives mapped out for them. The routine becomes a part of the person.
Life on the outside is not like that.
At MegaNexus we have developed our new product with a focus on helping the offender build confidence in education and job-seeking, and equipping them with the life skills needed to break the reoffending cycle.
People in and leaving custody deserve a digital experience that supports the greatest chance of success – making opportunities and the prospect of life ‘on the out’ more tangible and less intimidating. Our solution is built around enabling the individual to be a success when their time in prison is over – not just whilst they are in prison, not just through-the-gate and into probation but beyond that – making sure that when they are ‘on the out’ they have the right skills and the right capabilities.