KeepOut is unique. This is the first crime diversion scheme to be delivered by dedicated teams of serving prisoners – managed by civilian staff – inside UK prisons. Prisoners are trained by KeepOut to run intervention programmes for young people that inform, support and divert those between 13 and 17 who are either at risk of entering the criminal justice system or are already involved in criminal activity.
We currently operate within HMP Coldingley and
HMP Send in Surrey, HMP Lewes in Sussex and
HMP Brixton in London.
Founded in 1996 by a prisoner nearing the end of his life sentence, KeepOut has proven success in changing attitudes and behaviours. We now work with over 1,500 young people each year. They travel from across the south-east and London to take part in KeepOut workshops.
Diverting young people from crime, in ways that train and rehabilitate prisoners, is what makes KeepOut unique.
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