Banking behind bars

prison cells c openphoto.netThis week I read about the Co-operative bank giving prisoners bank accounts. It struck me that this was an everyday thing that I take for granted but could have so much impact on the lives of prisoners.

The Co-op have found that having a bank account can reduce re-offending by half. It's positive, real life changes like this that make the difference.

Prisoners are also doing it for themsleves, in peer to peer schemes. The Toe by Toe Reading Plan, run by the Shannon Trust is a project where prisoners become mentors and are trained to encourage and support other prisoners with little or no reading skills.

You can also support prisoners, have a look at Prison Advice or Prisoners' Families Helpline