New data analysis from a report conducted by the Justice Data Lab (JDL) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) provides evidence that prisoners participating in The Clink Charity’s innovative hospitality training scheme reduces reoffending rates, with the report stating the charity has achieved a “statistically significant result”.

The report looked at male ex-offenders who have trained for between six and 18 months at The Clink Restaurants at HMP High Down in Surrey, HMP Brixton in London and HMP Cardiff in Wales. In order to show a fair assessment, Clink Graduates that qualified for analysis were measured comparatively to individuals that have not received The Clink’s intervention but were similar in circumstance.

The results found that for every 100 typical people participating in The Clink’s training scheme, 17 would go on to re-offend within a year of release whereas for every 100 typical non-participants in a group of similar people, 29 would re-offend within a year. This indicates that for The Clink Charity there has been a 41.0% reduction in the likelihood of re-offending for those participating in the programme”.

In line with the reduction in the number of individuals committing a re-offence achieved by The Clink Charity, the data also shows a reduction in the number of proven re-offences by 40.9% – another statistically significant result.

Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, commented on the findings: “The results of the Justice Data Lab report provide statistical verification that the determined work of The Clink Charity is the right course to be followed if we are to continue to reduce reoffending rates in the UK. Although the figures show that we have made a considerable impact on reducing recidivism, as well as the number of offences committed by those who did go on to reoffend, we are confident that the 2017 JDL review of The Clink Charity will show further reductions as we continue to expand The Clink concept across the prison estate, in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS).

“Lack of education and employment, prior to conviction, are key factors in those who commit crimes. The JDL report estimates that of the Clink graduates assessed, ‘68% were unemployed’ and ‘32% had significant problems with problem solving’ which is why The Clink Charity has been built on an educational foundation that is assessed by OFSTED and adheres to the City & Guilds syllabuses. We have a team of support workers that mentor our trainees, prior to and following release, to help in securing accommodation and employment as part of their rehabilitation. With these systems in place, we expect to see our success grow further over the next 12 months.”

The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal in Cheshire – the charity’s first, and currently the only, prisoner training restaurant within a prison for women – and The Clink Gardens at HMP Send in Surrey were omitted from the analysis due to the restaurant and gardens not being operational for long enough for the data to be valid.

With a total of six training initiatives in operation, the charity is on track to achieve its target of having 20 prisoner training projects in operation by the end of 2020. This will see more than 1,000 highly qualified Clink graduates released into employment each year.

To find out more about The Clink Charity and for information about how to get involved, please visit www.theclinkcharity.org.

To book a table at one of The Clink Restaurants, please visit www.theclinkcharity.org/book-a-table.