West-Europe, Netherlands, Social

Intensive support program for youth after their prison sentence

Having good support in the form of housing, therapy and social integration can prevent former convicts from engaging in crimes again.

The Challenge

To find a way to combat recidivism in youth the municipality of Rotterdam conducted a pilot test for intensive support for youth after their prison sentence. The experiment lasted 3 years, and involved providing youth with a small social network and struggles/ issues when it comes to basic life domains/conditions (i.e.. work, school, house, income, dept, hobbies, etc.) with intensive, round the clock coaching for a period of 3 years (on average 8 hours a week). But they had no way to measure the results. This is where Rebel came in.

The Approach

Based on the experiment Rebels at Strong Society wrote a report detailing the results. Through a social business case method, they calculated for the pilot group how high the chances were that this saves the municipality social costs in the long run and if there are indicators that the program provides the youth with a better outlook on life in the long run. They ended the projects with recommendations for making this part of the standard ‘care package’ of the municipality offered to young (16-25 years) ex-prisoners and whether it makes sense to increase/change the target group.

The Rebels gave a presentation and organized a brainstorming session with the municipality and the partners involved in the project, where they brainstormed about valuable monitoring during the project to provide efficient and valuable care. And might also help in predicting which type of support/coaching works and which are the toughest ‘life domains’ to realize change for these youths.

Realizing changes for youth by providing insights into a pilot for intensive support after prison.


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