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Does prisoner mentoring really help with rehabilitation?

PUBLISHED November 23, 2012

Jamie Cullen, 27, has only been out of prison for a few weeks. It was the fifth time he had been given a custodial sentence for shoplifting, but his troubles began long before ? he had a traumatic childhood, has been homeless and addicted to drugs, and has suffered several serious assaults. He has a learning disability and as-yet-unassessed mental health issues. HMP Doncaster, where he served his sentences, have been pairing some released offenders with mentors, to help them adjust to life outside, for the last year ? an idea the justice secretary Chris Grayling announced this week should be extended to all people leaving prison after serving a short sentence to reduce reoffending. Emine Saner met Jamie, and his mentor, Zeddy Chaudhry, 22, a student. What does Jamie think about the idea of mentors for newly released prisoners?

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