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Aaron McReynolds and Richard Good planting trees

Aaron McReynolds and Richard Good planting trees

Aaron McReynolds and Richard Good planting trees

Recurrent statistics show that up to one in five people released from jail in Northern Ireland, or who received a non-custodial sentence, reoffended again within three months. Those aged under 17 were the most likely to commit another crime within that period of time.

That bald statistic sums up the difficulty of turning people away from criminal behaviour once they have embarked down that path. Those who find themselves in the dock for crimes such as car theft, drug abuse, criminal damage or offences against another person are likely to be ill-educated, unemployed, have low self-esteem and see no future improvement in their life chances.

Today, we report on a innovative project to help those who have run foul of the criminal justice system. Ground maintenance firm Outwork, run by The Turnaround Project, has just won a year's contract to look after Alpha Housing's 30 local sites, which are home to around 1,000 elderly people.


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