Prison authorities have a responsibility to ensure that offenders do not pose a threat to society on release. A core element of imprisonment must therefore be the reform and rehabilitation of prisoners so that they do not reoffend on release. This requirement is reinforced in Rule 58 of the UN Standard Minimum Rules:
“The purpose and justification of a sentence of imprisonment or a similar measure deprivative of liberty is ultimately to protect society against crime. This end can only be achieved if the period of imprisonment is used to ensure, so far as possible, that upon his return to society, the offender is not only willing but able to lead a law abiding and self-supporting life.”
Panopticon Consulting has undertaken assessments of existing rehabilitation programmes, made recommendations for developing new programmes, and designed handbooks and training on developing effective rehabilitation programmes. Our work in this area focuses on six elements of rehabilitation activity:Panopticon Consulting has contributed to the setting up of prison workshops that have created a significant income. This operating surplus can then be reinvested in the prison system. We have also designed and trained staff to deliver basic cognitive-behavioural programmes to tackle offending behaviour, such as anger management, drug/alcohol addiction, and violent extremism. We have also help to set up comprehensive pre-release and reintegration programmes for prisoners.