Exchange visits between RECOOP, The Brookdale Centre for Healthy Aging and The Osbourne Assoc.
Two members of the RECOOP team visited New York at the end of March as part of the first consultancy trip between RECOOP and The Brookdale Centre for Healthy Aging (City University of New York) and The Osbourne Association (a charity supporting offenders in the community across the state).
This fact-finding and orientation trip was a fascinating insight into the differing criminal justice model and pathway that offenders follow though the US Correctional Services system. The challenges for the older men and women in custody are no different to those here at home, however there is a larger number of them who have completed long sentences. Although some of the punitive sentencing practices appear to be changing, the impact of gun crime on sentence length is significant. Visiting Rickers Island facility that holds over 9000 offenders helped our understanding of the scale of incarceration in the US. Seeing dormitories holding 50 men was truly shocking and highlighted some of the huge challenges for the authorities in balancing punishment and rehabilitation.
Early in April we hosted delegates from the Osbourne Association to show them around our services and work in prisons. We were able to visit three prisons (Exeter, Dartmoor and Leyhill) and a number of community services. They found our Buddy Support Worker services in the Devon prisons, where we are training prisoners to support others with low- level social care need, of particular interest, together with the older resettlement day centre at Leyhill. The pre-release work with older offenders is an area that is lacking in the US and key to the transition through the gate and the support model being developed through this pilot project. The focus for the next stage is to develop some training to support community based health and social care practitioners in New York city.
To be continued….
- First successful exchange visits between @recoop, @BrookdaleAging & @OsborneNY offering invaluable insight into differing CJ systems9:08am, May 03, 2017
- Lobster Pot: “an excellent resource providing a creative range of activities, support & assessment of need” HMIP https://t.co/NOfH8Fr1Hx10:25am, Feb 23, 2017
- Excited to be working with @BrookdaleAging and @OsborneNY supporting communities to better integrate re-entering older adults in New York9:23am, Jan 23, 2017
- RECOOP invited to work with detainees at IRC The Verne providing mental and physical activities for older population https://t.co/ia6RNij8il11:11am, Dec 05, 2016
- “Looking at things through a different set of eyes” Gov HMP Ford on RECOOP’s ‘Achieving Better Outcomes’ training https://t.co/xZT1CA6Nta11:04am, Nov 29, 2016
- Delighted to have had @RNIB in the Lobster Pot talking about sight loss & services available from Action for Blind People. Come back soon!8:50am, Nov 18, 2016
- Artwork created by RECOOP Buddy Support Worker selected for @KoestlerTrust @southbankcentre exhibition https://t.co/VDmjgA8dZR10:59am, Nov 17, 2016
- 100% success rate for participants in HMP Send on Healthy Eating & Living in Prison programme developed by RECOOP https://t.co/LZsEbWJ5V79:30am, Oct 25, 2016
- Looking forward to attending @LangleyHseTrust @kainoscommunity Annual Review Launch & working alongside you in the Criminal Justice System11:01am, Oct 11, 2016
- RECOOP's Devon Buddy Scheme included as example of good practice in recent "Seeing prisoners as Assets" resource published by ADASS11:51am, Sep 28, 2016