Re-Unite South London has significantly reduced re-offending rates among mothers leaving prison, according to figures released in Commonweal Housing’s annual report.

Decrease in re-offending rates to be celebratedDrawing on data from the independent evaluation of the pilot phase between 2007 and 2009, the report stated all seven of the current tenants on Re-Unite’s Mothers’ and Children’s Programme in 2009 had their children in their care.

Moreover, none of these women have been charged or investigated in respect of committing a crime. Only one woman was unable to cope, breaking her bail (but not committing any crime), for which she was returned to prison.

Prof. Loraine Gelsthorpe said: “The process evaluation of this demonstration project has been extremely valuable. We concluded that the project as an idea is feasible, but we also pointed to the need for a number of organisational, implementation and delivery changes, while holding true to the original idea of providing appropriate housing and support. We note that these have been taken on board.”

The full evaluation report and summary are available here