Award For Dedication To Preventing Prisoners From Re-Offending
Probation Service Offender Manager Annie Griffin is committed to going the extra mile to help newly-released prisoners to make a fresh start and reduce the cycle of reoffending.
Realising how many are homeless and lack necessities like warm clothing and toiletries, she set up a store in her Bristol probation office to kit them out and ease their re-settlement back into the community.
Annie, who works for Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Probation Service, part of the Seetec Group, recently received an award for going above and beyond to help reduce reoffending.
The Pride Award was presented by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.
Annie, who lives in the Bristol area, is now working on a project to help coordinate accommodation for homeless ex-offenders. She described her offender management role: “I was going into Horfield Prison to see any prisoner who was due for release to try to make their return into the community easier and build up a relationship with them.
“On release I met them at the gate and took them straight to our office next to the prison for a cup of tea. I asked a local bakery to donate their day-old bread so we could provide toast to make it a nicer way to start their transition into the community.
“My role is trying to break the cycle where they come out on licence and keep getting recalled for failing to comply with their licence.
“Many prisoners come out with nothing and I started the store to provide coats and trainers to kit out those who needed them. It quickly developed to provide toiletries, back packs and even old phones with chargers to help them to keep their appointments.
“By encouraging them to engage, we could help them to sort out accommodation and a job. I have worked in probation services for 36 years and I love my job. I feel I can make a difference and the people I work with really respond to someone who cares.”
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