• High Sheriff of Surrey

Families visiting prisons

I was at Coldingley Prison to learn about the work of the charity PACT. They work in 58 prisons to improve the access families have to prisoners by providing support both in the homes and in the prisons. We heard testimonials from three Colindgley prisoners for whom PACT has changed their lives by improving their relationship with their partners and importantly with their children. PACT seems particularly adept at the latter. A national statistic: prisoners that have constructive relationships with their families are 39% less likely to re-offend. A great quote from a prisoner: "I am learning to be a Dad even in a prison." Well done PACT www.prisonadvice.org.uk

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