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Rehabilitation of exprisonners

Majority of those released from prison are reconvicted within a year; many are back inside within a few weeks. There is a huge impact on our economy due to reoffending.

One in six of the general population  are aged 18-30 but they make up over a third of those in prison and half of probation’s caseload. Reoffending rates among younger prisoners are often much higher than average.

Our model is intensive and semi-therapeutic

It’s centred on a meaningful relationship between our Mentor and Trainee that lasts as long as it takes. Our methods are careful and consistent whilst rolling with the ups and downs of real life.

RPP Mentors are not volunteers. They are full-time, paid and highly skilled. They each work with a small caseload and they must be willing to become the most important person in a Trainee’s life whilst also working towards that no longer being the case.

Our Approach

We employ a holistic approach covering all aspects of a person’s life to bring about sustainable change and stability

An eligible prisoner chooses to take part. During his last three months inside, he meets regularly with his RPP mentor and starts to plan for a stable future. That same RPP mentor meets him on the day of release.

We Start with an interview to identify whether there are underlying social issues , psychological or biological issues and if the ex inmate has any of this issues then with the support of a mentor , he is assisted to overcome them. We also train them on coping skills, positive attitudes and perception which influence the risk of re-offending. Those with alcohol and drug abuse are referred to CAPRE centre for treatment and rehabilitation which is run by clinical psychologist Dr. Khansakala. We work in collaboration with centre for cardiac health and also diabetes care and wellness where we refer any patients with chronic illness like diabetes, hypertension and heart problems. We also offer nutrition counselling and physical exercise to improve their well being and stress management. When we are sure the inmates are fit both physically and psychologically to work the we train them on how to attend interviews, looking for jobs interpersonal skills, and we assist them on writing CV and also business start ups. We are currently talking to a few micro finances for the to give finances

We work closely with a wide range of employers and arrange mock interviews, visits and work placements. The Trainee continues to build stability across all areas of his life so that employment is rewarding and sustained.


Our programs are divided into three main thematic areas:

Health programme

The Goal is to reduce HIV/AIDS and TB prevalence in remand prisons and police holding cells in line with vision 2030

1. To provide voluntary HIV counselling and testing and TB screening services in remand prisons

2. To provide prisoners in remands and police holding cells with evidenced based interventions to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS and TB infection

3. To provide health talks and information education communication materials on HIV/AIDS and TB

4. To link those infected with HIV/AIDS or co-infection with hepatitis B and C, and/or tuberculosis to treatment centres for follow up to ensure adherence.

5. To provide care and support to prisoners living with HIV/AIDS and TB in remands and police holding cells.

6. To ensure sustainability of the program through capacity building of the voluntary welfare personnel to provide HIV/AIDS and TB support services in remands and police holding cells.

7. To monitor and evaluate program performance.

Rehabilitation and Reintergation

It will have focus on ‘last mile’ Vocational training and incubation of innovative social enterprises. This will be done through collaboration with various institutions, companies and individuals.

KPS already offers training on carpentry, masonry, leatherwork, metalwork, mechanical work, beadwork and painting. However ex-inmates may not necessarily be able to apply these gained skill due to inability to demonstrate sufficient work experience, society distrust or luck of knowledge of how to turn the skill into a viable and sustainable business.
This programme will therefore work to go ‘the last mile’ in terms of adding value to the training offered by KPS through:
i) Apprenticeship system
ii) Enterprenureship
iii) Group organization
iv) Leadership

Work on social enterprise will be intricately linked with ‘last mile’ vocational training so as to build capacity for innovative thinking to address social issue, be part of positive social change and wider community socio-economic development.

  • A hub for incubating innovative ideas
  • Dialogue with their own communities
  • Create linkages to companies